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Harvey Elliott sends Instagram message to Pascal Struijk after red card upheld

Harvey Elliott sends Instagram message to Pascal Struijk after red card upheld
Elliott told Struijk to ‘keep positive’ after the Leeds defender’s three-game ban was upheld

Liverpools Harvey Elliott has posted a message of support on Instagram for Pascal Struijk after the Leeds United defender’s red card was upheld.

Struijk was sent off during Liverpools 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.