Marcelo Bielsa sends message of support to Harvey Elliott as he defends Pascal Struijk



Marcelo Bielsa has reiterated his regret after Harvey Elliott suffered a serious injury against Leeds United.

The Liverpool midfielder was stretchered off in the second half at Elland Road after lengthy treatment following a challenge from Pascal Struijk.

The Leeds defender was sent off after a VAR review, with the Dutchman left visibly upset by the incident, which referee Craig Pawson had initially waved away.

Bielsa sent his best wishes to Elliott when asked about the injury, whilst insisting there was no malice in the challenge from Struijk.

“I regret dearly the opponent was injured and I’m 100 per cent certain our player did not have a bad intention. I wish it had not happened,” he said in his post-match press conference.

“Pascal recovered the ball. The action to get the ball did not have an infraction, but had the feeling the movement of the rest of his body after recovering the ball, made him hit Elliott.

“I am totally sure there was no bad intention. I don’t know how to qualify, but obviously some excess of power or imprudence. These recoveries are totally frequent.

“The difference here was the follow-through of the power caused the injury. I regret so dearly a young player has been interrupted through this. I hope he is able to get back.

“I hope [Elliott] is able to get back fit. For me, the referee decides if it’s a red card. He has enough resources to make the decision. I know why it wasn’t an immediate decision. I never like to question the decisions the ref makes.”





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