Harvey Elliott gifts his Liverpool shirt and boot to young boy in hospital bed next to him with broken arm in heart-warming gesture after suffering horror ankle injury at Leeds
- Liverpool star Harvey Elliott suffered a suspected dislocated ankle at Leeds
- The 18-year-old suffered the injury after a strong tackle from Pascal Struijk
- He was taken to Leeds General Infirmary hospital where he met the young boy
- And the remarkable gesture for the boy who had broken arm was posted online
Harvey Elliott gifted his Liverpool match shirt and a worn boot to a young boy in hospital after suffering a horror ankle injury just a few hours before.
The 18-year-old suffered a suspected dislocated ankle around the hour mark in his side’s 3-0 win at Leeds United on Sunday in the Premier League.
He suffered the injury after a strong tackle from Leeds defender Pascal Struijk, who was consequently sent off by referee Craig Pawson.
Harvey Elliott gifted his Liverpool match shirt and a worn boot to a young boy in hospital
The 18-year-old suffered a suspected dislocated ankle around the hour mark at Leeds
England youth international Elliott meanwhile was admitted to Leeds General Infirmary hospital, where – having impressed so far on the pitch this season – he made a remarkable gesture off it.
Twitter user @jaytothelo posted a screenshot of a message that read: ‘My son has just broke his arm at a footy game this afternoon.
‘Who comes in on next bed to him… Harvey Elliott and his family. Gives him his LFC top from game and his shoe. Son’s buzzing now.’
The Reds have confirmed that Elliott has now been discharged from hospital to return home with his family.
The England youth international was admitted to Leeds General Infirmary hospital after Dr Jim Moxon and head physio Chris Morgan treated him on the field
Leeds defender Pascal Struijk (above) was sent off for the challenge by referee Craig Pawson
A statement read: ‘The 18-year-old was stretchered from the field at Elland Road after sustaining the injury in a challenge midway through the second half.
‘Elliott will be required to undergo surgery in the coming days and the club will offer a further update on his prognosis in due course.
‘Harvey, his family and Liverpool FC would like to place on record their thanks to the paramedics and all the staff at Leeds General Infirmary for the care and treatment given.’
Elliott also posted a heartfelt message on Instagram, stating: ‘I’m of course absolutely devastated with what happened yesterday at Leeds, but have been totally overwhelmed by the love and support shown to me by the entire football world following the injury.
‘Thank you so much to everyone who has reached out or sent messages to me and my family, it means so much to us. Also a massive thanks to everyone inside Elland Road for the reception you gave me immediately after it happened.
Reports claim Elliott will undergo surgery on Tuesday and begin rehab shortly after
‘I am now fully focused on my recovery and will give everything in my rehabilitation to be back out there as soon as I can. I know I have an incredible support network behind me at Liverpool and together we will get through this.
‘To all of the Liverpool fans, your support means the world to me. I’m one of you and I can’t wait to be back faster, fitter and stronger to help the team in the future.’
According to The Athletic, it is believed Elliott will undergo surgery on Tuesday and begin the rehab process shortly after.
The injury comes as a blow to the youngster, who has burst onto the season this season – making four appearances for the Reds.
Elliott posted on Instagram shortly after the incident, saying he was on the ‘road to recovery’
Sky Sports did not show a replay of the challenge due the graphic nature of the injury, as 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 following the tackle.
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 as players from both teams waited anxiously on the pitch.
But as he was taken off on a stretcher, fans of both clubs applauded Elliott, with the former Fulham youngster able to give a wave of acknowledgement, and he later posted on Instagram: ‘Thank you for the messages guys! Road to recovery. YNWA.’
Struijk is ‘gutted’ about the situation and that he ‘would never wish’ such an injury on anyone
Leeds defender Struijk meanwhile has said that he is ‘gutted’ about the situation and that he ‘would never wish’ such an injury on anyone.
Struijk took to Instagram to say: ‘In today’s game something happened that I would never wish on anyone.
‘Harvey Elliott, my thoughts are with you. I’m gutted and never meant for this to happen. I wish you a speedy recovery and hope to see you back on the pitch soon.’
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