Elliott told Struijk to ‘keep positive’ after the Leeds defender’s three-game ban was upheld
Struijk was sent off during Liverpool’s 3-0 win at Leeds after a sliding tackle on Elliott which left the 18-year-old midfielder with a dislocated ankle. Elliott had successful surgery on Tuesday but is expected to be out of action for around six months, bringing his promising start to the season to a premature end.
After the match Struijk posted a message on Instagram which read: “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.”
In response to a comment about the incident, Elliott initially dismissed the challenge as a “freak accident”.
“Wasn’t his fault whatsoever!” Elliott said in defence of Struijk. “Neither was it a red card, just a freak accident, but these things happen in football. I’ll be back stronger 100%. Thanks for all the support.”
Leeds appealed against the red card but the decision was upheld and Struijk will now serve a three-game suspension.
Responding to the news on Instagram on Wednesday morning, Elliott wrote: “Sorry about this Pascal 😞I think it’s wrong! But it’ll soon blow over brother and you’ll be back in no time smashing it again 🙌❤️keep positive.”
Struijk will miss games against Newcastle United and West Ham United in the Premier League and Fulham in the Carabao Cup.