Liverpool are confident that Harvey Elliott will return to play this season after a successful operation on Tuesday, but the club will not set a time frame for his recovery.
Elliott traveled to London earlier in the week before surgery after fracturing his left ankle in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Leeds.
The teenager went under the knife on Tuesday, and the club has now confirmed the operation was successful, adding that he is “expected to come back into action later this season”.
However, it is stressed that “no time frame will be set for his comeback” as Liverpool’s medical staff are keen not to pressure Elliott to speed up his rehabilitation.
“We were able to reduce the dislocation immediately on the pitch and Harvey had an operation today to repair the fracture and the ligaments damaged in the incident,” club doctor Jim Moxon told LiverpoolFC.com.
“The operation was a success, so it’s comeback now.
“We’re not going to put pressure on him by setting a specific timeframe beyond being able to say with confidence that we expect him to come back later in the season after our rehab program.”
In a post on Instagram, Elliott wrote, “The operation was a success! Thank you everyone for your great support.
“The path to recovery begins now. At the end of the storm there is a golden sky. “
The Athletic’s James Pearce has noted players with similar injuries are out for four to six months, which Elliott could see again by mid-March at the latest.
It is likely that the 18-year-old will take his first steps back into action with the U23s, but his influence in the early games of the season proves that he is already capable of becoming a top pick starter among the seniors to consolidate level.