Liverpool’s Harvey Elliott posts photo of him on exercise bike… 23 days after ankle fracture in Leeds
Liverpool’s Harvey Elliott posts a promising photo of him on the stationary bike… just 23 days after his horror ankle broke away in Leeds, threatening to end his Premier League season
- Liverpool’s Harvey Elliott broke his ankle in the Reds’ Leeds win in September
- The 18-year-old’s season was immediately called into question after the injury
- Elliott is now back on the stationary bike, just 23 days after the Elland Road crash
- Liverpool have not set a timetable for Elliott’s return to Anfield action
Liverpool’s Harvey Elliott has shown encouraging signs on his path to recovery from an ankle fracture in Leeds by posting an image of him on a stationary bike.
The 18-year-old Reds midfielder broke his left ankle in a challenge from Leeds’ Pascal Struijk, causing him to scream in pain just as the teenager was joining Jurgen Klopp’s first team.
No timetable has been set for Elliott’s return to Anfield, but an image posted to his Instagram account on Tuesday is an important first checkpoint for the young midfielder.
Liverpool’s Harvey Elliott is back on the stationary bike just 23 days after his ankle injury in Leeds
Red prodigy Elliott broke his left ankle in Liverpool’s win over Leeds on September 12
Elliott captioned the Instagram post, laughing at the training mechanism: “Step by step, day by day.”
The message came a few days after Elliott shared a clip in which he donned an oxygen mask for a photo showing the start of his rehabilitation program.
The 18-year-old is expected to return to action before the end of this season, with Reds doctor Jim Moxon revealing that the medics’ initial reactions to the Elland Road pitch were critical to Elliott’s recovery time.
Last week, Elliott posted an image of him wearing an oxygen mask during the rehab process
Moxon said: “We were able to immediately reduce the dislocation on the field and Harvey had surgery 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.”
Elliott was just getting started at Anfield after impressing Klopp in pre-season, prompting the Reds not to seek a midfield replacement for Gini Wijnaldum, who left for PSG in the summer.
Elliott was just getting started in the Liverpool first team for his ankle fracture
The 18-year-old had spent the last two years in the Liverpool academy after coming over from Fulham, but an excellent loan spell at Blackburn Rovers last season saw him gain prominence in the professional game.
Elliott started his first Premier League game of the season for the Reds against Burnley, then had a shocking opportunity against title rivals Chelsea on August 28.
However, in his first game after the September international break, Elliott came to a halt in the 63rd minute of the Leeds game, threatening his continued involvement with the Reds this season.