Brazil-Argentina qualifier suspended after health officials enter pitch
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Liverpool have been dealt another injury blow after Harvey Elliott was forced to pull out of the England under-21 squad on Monday morning. The 18-year-old has now returned to Anfield for further assessments.
Elliott had been in line to make his England under-21s debut in their European Championship qualifier against Kosovo on Tuesday night.
The FA’s website says the midfielder reported for training carrying an injury he sustained in Liverpool’s Premier League draw with Chelsea last month.
And fortunately, according to The Athletic, his withdrawal is only a precautionary measure, with Liverpool chiefs hoping he will be fit in time to face Leeds United on Sunday.
Elliott has burst onto the scene at Anfield this season and has unexpectedly forced his way into Jurgen Klopp’s team.
After coming off the bench in his side’s opening-day Premier League victory at Norwich last month, the youngster was in scintillating form when handed a start in the win over Burnley a week later.
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And he was rewarded for his fine performance with another place in the starting line-up for Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea last time out.
Elliott, who played eight times for the England under-17s side, was in line for his first appearance for the Young Lions as they prepare to get their European Championship qualifying campaign underway.
They were supposed to play Romania on Friday night, but that game was postponed after two positive COVID-19 tests were reported within the England set-up.
Elliott will now be monitored by the club’s medical staff before the Reds look to maintain their unbeaten start to the season at Elland Road.
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Following his impressive start to the season, Elliott has received plaudits from all angles.
“He’s a great lad, Harvey,” team-mate Andy Robertson told talkSPORT following the clash with Chelsea.
“He went out on loan to Blackburn last season and ripped the Championship up.
“Some lads go out and struggle with the intensity of the Championship, but he just took it so easily.
“Technically, he is so gifted and it shows you how well he’s done since coming back from pre-season.
“The gaffer has trusted him in such a huge game. He did really well, kept the ball, was comfortable and has an exciting future in front of him.
“The here and now looks okay for him too. He’s still improving and learning. He asks questions all the time.
“He will just get better and better and I’m sure he’ll get opportunities this season and I’m sure you’ll see him improving week-by-week and will be a big player for Liverpool.”
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