Liverpool's Elliott back on exercise bike 23 days after ankle break

Liverpool’s Harvey Elliott post promising snap of him on exercise bike… just 23 days after his horror ankle break away at Leeds which threatened to end his Premier League season

  • Liverpool’s Harvey Elliott broke his ankle in the Reds’ win at Leeds in September 
  • The 18-year-old’s season was immediately thrown into doubt after the injury
  • Elliott is now back on the exercise bike just 23 days after the Elland Road blow
  • Liverpool have not set a timescale for Elliott’s return to Anfield action 

Liverpool’s Harvey Elliott has shown encouraging signs in his road to recovery from an ankle break at Leeds by posting an image of him on an exercise bike. 

The 18-year-old Reds midfielder fractured his left ankle in a challenge by Leeds’ Pascal Struijk that left him screaming in agony, just as the teenager was getting up and running in Jurgen Klopp’s first team squad.

No timescale has been set for Elliott’s return to action at Anfield but an image posted on his Instagram account on Tuesday is an important first checkpoint reached for the young midfielder. 

Liverpool’s Harvey Elliott is back on the exercise bike just 23 days after his ankle injury at Leeds

Reds prodigy Elliott fractured his left ankle during Liverpool’s win at Leeds on September 12

Elliott captioned the Instagram post, which shows him smiling on the training mechanism: ‘Step by step, day by day.’

The post came a few days after Elliott shared a snippet of him donning an oxygen mask for a photo showing the beginning of his rehabilitation programme. 

The 18-year-old is expected to return to action before the end of this season, with  Reds doctor Jim Moxon revealing the first responses from the medics on the Elland Road pitch were crucial to Elliott’s recovery time. 

Last week, Elliott has posted an image of him wearing an oxygen mask in the rehab process

Moxon said: ‘We were able to reduce the dislocation immediately on the pitch and Harvey had surgery to repair the fracture and ligaments damaged in the incident. The operation was a success so his comeback starts now.

‘We won’t put pressure on him by setting a specific timeframe beyond being able to say with confidence we expect him to feature again later in the season following our rehab programme.’

Elliott was just getting into his stride at Anfield after impressing Klopp in pre-season, which prompted the Reds to not strive for a midfield replacement for Gini Wijnaldum, who departed for PSG over the summer.  

Elliott was just getting into his stride in the Liverpool first-team before his ankle break

The 18-year-old had spent the last two years in Liverpool’s academy after joining from Fulham, but an excellent loan spell at Blackburn Rovers last term saw him rise to prominence in the professional game. 

Elliott started his first Premier League match of the season for the Reds against Burnley and was then handed a shock chance from the off against title rivals Chelsea on August 28.

However, his first match after the September international break saw Elliott struck down on 63 minutes during the Leeds clash, which has threatened his continued involvement for the Reds this season. 

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