Harvey Elliott bounced back from an injury scare to start for Blackburn Rovers on Saturday. The teenager could have suffered a bad one.
It appeared Harvey Elliott may have picked up a bad injury in midweek. He came on as a substitute for Blackburn Rovers against Preston North End but last just 19 minutes.
A hit to his knee meant he had to leave the field. Manager Tony Mowbray sounded reasonably positive after the game but fans will have feared the worst.
And why wouldn’t they? Liverpool are suffering from injury problems all over the place right now – especially knee injuries.
Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are both out long-term after knee surgery. Thiago, too, has been missing for nearly two months with one.
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So of course that luck would extend to loanees.
Fortunately, it appears Elliott is fine. He started in the 2-1 win over Barnsley and played 66 minutes before being substituted.
Did he play well? Not really. Elliott didn’t create any chances, make any dribbles, or score any goals. But the fact he played is all the positive we need.
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Really good to see. We were worried this would be a bad one, given the luck with Liverpool this season.
It would have been especially gutting as Elliott is starting brightly with Blackburn. The 17-year-old looks capable of establishing himself in the Championship this season – no easy feat for such a young player.
Having his campaign interrupted by a knee injury would have been awful, then. But luckily, he’s bounced back just a few days later.
Hopefully, he can get back to his best just as quick. Like everyone else, we’re very excited about Elliott’s potential. So fingers crossed for a good rest of the season now we know he’s okay.