- Leeds have failed in their appeal on Pascal Struijk’s red card
- The defender was sent off for a challenge that dislocated Harvey Elliott’s ankle
- The Liverpool teenager had successful surgery on the injury earlier this week
- Struijk will no longer play matches against Newcastle, Fulham and West Ham
After Leeds’ appeal against the decision was unsuccessful, Pascal Struijk’s red card to deal with Harvey Elliott is retained.
The Liverpool midfielder was left with a dislocated ankle after the challenge and underwent surgery on Tuesday, which went off successfully.
Following news that the appeal had failed, Elliott took to Instagram to express his disagreement with the decision and voice his support to Struijk.
Pascal Struijk’s red card is retained after Leeds appeal fails
Harvey Elliott amputated his ankle in the challenge and had surgery on Tuesday
Liverpool teen defender Struijk offered his support to the Leeds man on Instagram
The 18-year-old posted: ‘Sorry for this Pascal. I think this is wrong! But it will soon break on you brother and you will break it again in no time. Keep positive.
The incident occurred in the second half of Liverpool’s 2–0 win over Leeds at Elland Road. Elliott was dribbling, Struijk slipped in from behind and swung the ball away, but as he did so the Leeds man trapped the teenager’s ankle under his left foot.
A foul was not awarded, but the game was immediately halted as Mo Salah realized the gravity of the situation and signaled a walk to the physio.
The three-match suspension means Struijk will miss Leeds’ trip to Newcastle on Friday, the Carabao Cup tie at Fulham four days later and the home clash with West Ham next Saturday.
Play was not initially stopped for tackles before it became clear how serious the injury was.
The 18-year-old defended Struijk and insists he cannot be blamed for the resulting injury
Elliott had impressed Klopp’s side this season before injury, starting Liverpool’s last three Premier League appearances and looking ready for an extended run at the side.
Club doctor Jim Moxon expects the midfielder to return before the end of the season.
He said: ‘We were able to quickly reduce the dislocation on the pitch and Harvey had surgery today to repair the ligaments and ligaments damaged in the incident. The operation was successful so now his return has started.
‘We will not put pressure on him by setting a specific time frame beyond what we are able to say with confidence, we expect him to reappear in the season after our rehab program.’
Elliott enjoyed a great start to the season and started his team’s final three league appearances