Leeds United defender Pascal Struijk sent an apology to Harvey Elliott after he dislocated the Liverpool youngster’s ankle during their 3-0 defeat by the Reds on Sunday.
The Dutchman was given a straight red card after lunging into a challenge and going through the 18-year-old from behind.
Everybody in attendance at Elland Road knew from Mohamed Salah’s frantic and terrified reaction the former Fulham star was in serious trouble.
Sky Sports did not even show an action replay of the challenge as fears over the seriousness of his injury developed.
Elliott was taken off the pitch on a stretcher and soon after the contest Struik reached out to the youngster on social media to wish him a quick recovery.
“Harvey Elliott, my thoughts are with you. I’m gutted and never meant for this to happen,” he posted on Instagram.
“I wish you a speedy recovery and hope to see you back on the pitch soon.”
Elliott was enjoying a magnificent performance in Liverpool's midfield before his match was cruelly ended by the Leeds’ defender's challenge.
Playing alongside Thiago Alcantara and Fabinho on the right-hand side of midfield, Elliott was a constant menace to Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
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At the time of the incident in the second half Liverpool were leading 2-0 through goals from Salah and Fabinho.
After the injury, Sadio Mane scored a third with his 10th attempt of the game, but the club’s mood was soured by Elliott’s horrifying injury.
Later on, Liverpool confirmed the youngster will undergo surgery on his ankle in the coming days.
“Liverpool Football Club can confirm Harvey Elliott has been discharged from hospital after suffering a serious ankle injury in the game against Leeds United on Sunday,” the club posted on their official website.
“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.”
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