PICTURED: Harvey Elliott uses Liverpool training pitches for first time since horror ankle injury with 18-year-old stepping up his recovery during solo session
- Harvey Elliott dislocated and fractured ankle in a tackle from Pascal Struijk
- Midfielder had been impressing for Liverpool before injury back in September
- He has been working hard on rehabilitation and was pictured running again
Harvey Elliott has been pictured running outside again as his injury rehabilitation continues to progress in a much-needed boost for Liverpool.
The Reds are in the midst of a midfield injury crisis and Elliott was one of the first sidelined, dislocating and fracturing his ankle against Leeds back in September.
The 18-year-old had been impressing for Jurgen Klopp‘s side at the start of the campaign but has been out of action since that nasty challenge by Pascal Struijk.
Harvey Elliott is back out and running again for the first time since surgery on his ankle
Liverpool’s youngster screamed in pain after dislocating and breaking his ankle in September
The 18-year-old is making great strides in his recovery and continues to improve
But fans have been boosted by images of Elliott out running on the pitch again, suggesting a return to training may not be far away.
The club’s official Twitter account shared pictures of his ‘first exercises outside on the pitch following his surgery’.
Liverpool have never given a specific time frame in which Elliott can be expected to feature again but he is evidently progressing well.
The Reds suffered their first defeat of the campaign away against West Ham before the international break and are troubled by the lack of healthy bodies in midfield.
Elliott is now working on his fitness and strengthening the ankle ahead of team training
The 18-year-old’s return cannot come quickly enough for the injury-hit Reds
Jordan Henderson came back from England duty early with what the club hope is a minor issue.
And in recent weeks, Klopp has lost each of Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara, James Milner, Curtis Jones and Naby Keita.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remains inconsistent and there remain question marks about the strength in depth, as there were about the defence last term.
But a swift return for Elliott in the coming weeks would be welcome news and he is tipped by many on Merseyside to be a fixture in the team for years to come.
Elliott, pictured here in an early phase of his rehab, was impressing before the injury hit
At the time of his injury, he said: ‘I’m of course absolutely devastated… but have been totally overwhelmed by the love and support shown to me by the entire football world following the injury.
‘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.’