Harvey Elliott returns to training with a football after ankle injury

‘Back with my best friend’: Harvey Elliott returns to training with a football as the Liverpool star steps up his recovery from horrific dislocated ankle suffered in September

  • Harvey Elliott dislocated his ankle in a league game against Leeds in September
  • It was initially feared that Elliott may not play again until the start of next season 
  • But, the 18-year-old could return to Jurgen Klopp’s side sooner than expected
  • He shared photos of himself playing with a football at the club’s training centre 

Harvey Elliott claims he is ‘back with his best friend’ after returning to training with a football following the horror ankle injury he sustained in September.  

The 18-year-old midfielder dislocated and fractured his ankle following a challenge from Pascal Struijk in the second half of Liverpool’s 3-0 win at Elland Road.

It was initially feared that Elliott would not play again until the start of next season but he has shared some promising images of himself knocking a football round at the AXA Training Centre. 

Harvey Elliott claims he is ‘back with his best friend’ after returning to training with a football

Elliott shared several photos of himself knocking a football round at the AXA Training Centre

The pictures are encouraging for the Liverpool supporters as they are eager to see his return 

Just three months on from undergoing surgery, Elliott has been seen back on the training pitch performing several keepy-uppies and playing the ball back to his partner on the half-volly. 

Elliott shared the pictures to his Instagram account with the accompanying caption: ‘Back with my best friend’.

Nevertheless, Jurgen Klopp has no intention to rush Elliot’s return to the squad as he is their ‘long-term prospect’.  

The midfielder dislocated and fractured his ankle following a challenge from Pascal Struijk

The incident came in the second half of Liverpool’s 3-0 win at Elland Road in September

Speaking last month, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo, he said: ‘At the moment, and I hope I don’t eat my words, but I cannot see a scenario where we would think about rushing him back.

‘He is our long-term prospect and each day we can get him back earlier is great but we will not rush that.’  

Elliott’s injury took place in the 60th minute of Liverpool’s clash with Leeds at Elland Road after Struijk caught his ankle when he tried to recover the ball.  

Referee Craig Pawson initially waved for play to continue after Struijk’s challenge. However, the game was quickly stopped following a strong reaction from the surrounding players. 

Liverpool’s medical team, Dr Jim Moxon and head physio Chris Morgan, were subsequently forced to take action after Elliott was heard screaming for help on the pitch.   

Elliott was seen back on the exercise bike just 23 days after his ankle injury at Leeds (above)

Elliott shared a video of himself walking in water at Liverpool’s AXA Training Centre (above)

Moxon and Morgan were able to put Elliott’s ankle back into place on the pitch before he was taken to hospital for further assessment.  

The fracture and dislocation was later confirmed and Elliott underwent the required surgery – which was deemed a resounding success. 

Since then, Elliott has updated his followers with every step of his rehab journey – sharing images of himself cycling on an exercise bike and walking in water at Liverpool’s AXA Training Centre.

Elliott also posted an image of him wearing an oxygen mask while in the middle of the rehab plan.  

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