'Distraught' Struijk needs help from senior Leeds figures after latest twist - pundit
Pascal Struijk will need help from senior Leeds United figures after he dislocated Harvey Elliott’s ankle with a tackle last weekend.
That is the view of ex-Aston Villa and England attacker Gabby Agbonlahor, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about how the “distraught” Struijk can psychologically recover.
The defender will not return to action for Leeds until Watford visit Elland Road at the beginning of October.
He was shown a straight red for his challenge on Elliott last weekend and Leeds appealed the decision.
The Yorkshire Evening Post reported on September 16 the appeal was rejected as two of the three-person commission sided with Craig Pawson’s decision.
Pawson had not even awarded Liverpool a free kick for the incident but sent Struijk off after the extent of Elliott’s injury became apparent.
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Liverpool released a statement on September 14 confirming the teenager had undergone successful surgery and could return to action this season.
Asked whether the incident could have lasting damage on Struijk, Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “Definitely.
“You could see it in his face, he looked distraught. That can have an effect on a player when you injure another player so badly.
“Hopefully he’s got the right people around him at Leeds who can speak to him and help him.”
After it was confirmed Leeds’ appeal failed, Elliott took to Instagram to insist he did not feel Struijk deserved a ban.
He told the Leeds star to “stay positive” as he backed him to return to his best.