Leeds’s appeal against the red card shown to Pascal Struijk in Sunday’s 3-0 defeat by Liverpool has been unsuccessful, prompting Harvey Elliott to describe the Football Association’s decision as wrong.
Struijk, who came on as a first-half substitute, was sent off for a challenge on Liverpool’s Elliott in the second half of the Premier League match at Elland Road and will be suspended for three games.
Struijk’s challenge left Elliott with a fracture dislocation of his left ankle. The 18-year-old Liverpool midfielder underwent surgery on Tuesday.
After the news Struijk’s suspension would stand, Elliott replied to a post on Sky Sports’ Instagram account by writing: “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.”
Struijk will miss Leeds’s games at Newcastle on Friday, at Fulham in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday and at home to West Ham the following Saturday.
Liverpool’s doctor, Jim Moxon, told the club’s website on Tuesday regarding Elliott’s recovery: “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.”