Liverpool said on Tuesday they are confident teenage midfielder Harvey Elliott will play again this season after undergoing surgery on a dislocation of his left ankle.
The 18-year-old was swept away in Sunday’s 3-0 win at Elland Road with an injury that caused visible distress to his team-mates after a tackle that sent Pascal Struijk off the field – a dismissal that Leeds is appealing.
Elliott had surgery on Tuesday and will now begin a rehabilitation program.
“Harvey suffered a dislocation of his left ankle during the game,” club doctor Jim Moxon told liverpoolfc.com.
“We were able to immediately reduce the dislocation on the pitch and Harvey had surgery today to repair the fracture and ligaments damaged in the incident.
“The operation was a success, so his comeback is now starting.
“We will not pressure him by setting a specific time frame other than that we can say with confidence that we expect him to perform again later in the season after our rehabilitation program.”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had previously said Elliott was “in the best possible place” and goalkeeper Alisson Becker added: “The medical staff clearly had to work hard to give him the best conditions for recovery, but Harvey knows we are up for it. be him when he needs us.
“We are a real unity as a team. We celebrate together and when an important player gets injured, we are injured together for him.”