Liverpool midfielder Elijah Dixon-Bonner has been dealt a serious injury blow after sustaining knee ligament damage.
According to the ECHO’s Chief Liverpool writer, Ian Doyle, Dixon-Bonner – who made his first-team debut as a late substitute in the FA Cup fourth-round replay win over Shrewsbury Town earlier this month – will likely sit a huge chunk of the remainder of the season on the sidelines following the excruciating setback.
The 19-year-old suffered the knock during under-23’s 3-0 victory in their Premier League Cup win over Huddersfield Town last Friday.
Despite Neil Critchley inspiring another crucial victory for the young Reds, Dixon-Bonner’s injury made the win all-but bittersweet where the teenager has since been on crutches while wearing a protective boot as he begins his rehabilitation.
Following the injury, Critchley revealed he is hopeful that the Liverpool youngster will be back in contention and available for selection before the end of the season.
“It happened on Friday against Huddersfield,” said Critchley. “He had a collision with one of their players and has damaged one of the ligaments in his knee, so he’s going to be out for a number of weeks.
“It’s really disappointing to us and not nice to see.
“He has played a lot of games for us and done extremely well this season. He’s had a really good season, and I was hoping to see him push on in the back end.
“Elijah is very philosophical about it, he has got his head around it and knows he is going to face a little period in the gym.
“But he’ll be fine, as he is mentally a very strong boy. We hope to see him again this season.”
What RTK has to say
A huge disappointment for a player that has been fundamental for the U23s this season.
Dixon-Bonner has been an ever-present figure under Critchley this campaign with the Englishman missing all but one Premier League 2 game for the Reds.
The England U17s international has featured 26 times for Liverpool across all competitions this season.
He was on the bench for the Carabao Cup defeat at Aston Villa and featured in all three group games in the EFL Trophy during which he was twice captain and scored in the 5-2 defeat at Accrington Stanley.