McLeish hails 'great news' for Liverpool after club release another Elliott statement
Alex McLeish was thrilled to hear Harvey Elliott may play for Liverpool again this season after an update on his condition.
The former manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted to the latest out of Anfield.
Elliott injured his ankle against Leeds on Sunday after what looked like an innocuous challenge from Pascal Sturijk.
The club shared an update on their young midfielder on Sunday night
Their initial statement said Elliott had been discharged from hospital after a ‘serious ankle injury’.
However, it was also revealed Elliott will need surgery in the coming days.
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A second statement confirmed the player had undergone successful surgery and the club expect him to return later this season.
McLeish insists this is great news for both the players and the club after Elliott suffered a ‘nasty’ injury.
“When something like that happens, it’s very often not the result of direct contact,” McLeish told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams
“It’s the way you fall. That can result in a much more severe injury. How many times have you seen cruciate injuries because of the way players fall.
“They can be real nasty injuries that keep you out for a long time.
“If the experts are saying he will be back this season then that really is great news.
“It’s great news for Liverpool and great news for the kid himself.”
Elliott was moments away from being substituted off against Leeds when he suffered his injury.
He has been a regular starter for Liverpool this season after a successful loan spell at Blackburn last year.