Leeds’ appeal over Pascal Struijk’s red card is UNSUCCESSFUL as decision is upheld

Pascal Struijk’s red card for his tackle on Harvey Elliott has been upheld, after Leeds’ appeal against the decision was unsuccessful.

The Liverpool midfielder was left with a dislocated ankle after the challenge and underwent surgery on Tuesday, which went successfully.

After news of the failed appeal broke, Elliott took to Instagram to voice his disagreement with the decision and to offer his support to Struijk.  

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Pascal Struijk’s red card has been upheld after Leeds were unsuccessful in their appeal

Harvey Elliott dislocated his ankle in the challenge and underwent surgery on Tuesday

The Liverpool teenager defender Struijk on Instagram and offered the Leeds man his support

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The 18-year-old posted: ‘Sorry about this Pascal. I think it’s wrong! But it’ll soon blow over brother and you’ll be back in no time smashing it again. Keep positive.’

The incident took place in the second half of Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Leeds at Elland Road. Struijk slid in from behind and hooked the ball away as Elliott was dribbling, but in doing so the Leeds man trapped the teenager’s ankle under his left leg. 

A foul was not given, but play was quickly stopped as Mo Salah realised the severity of the situation and signalled for the physios to run on.

The three-game suspension means that Struijk will miss Leeds’ trip to Newcastle on Friday, the Carabao Cup tie at Fulham four days later and the home clash with West Ham the following Saturday. 

Play was not initially stopped for the tackle before it became clear how serious the injury was

The 18-year-old defended Struijk and insisted he was not to blame for the resulting injury

Elliott had impressed for Klopp’s side this season before the injury, starting Liverpool’s last three Premier League matches and looked set for an extended run in the side. 

The club’s doctor Jim Moxon is hopeful the midfielder will return before the end of the season.  

He said: ‘We were able to reduce the dislocation immediately on the pitch and Harvey had surgery today to repair the fracture and ligaments damaged in the incident. The operation was a success so his comeback starts now.

‘We won’t put pressure on him by setting a specific timeframe beyond being able to say with confidence we expect him to feature again later in the season following our rehab programme.’  

Elliott had enjoyed a bright start to the season and started his side’s last three league matches

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