Brazilian injured again.
Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva faces another injury lay-off, this time with a thigh injury.
The Brazilian, who missed most of last season with a knee injury,suffered the problem in the opening minutes of Sunday’s draw with Manchester City.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers confirmed the news, admitting the 25-year-old faced “two to three months” out.
Lucas said: “[There are] No words to describe my feelings. It’s hard to be positive but better days will come.”
Lucas, who joined Liverpool from Gremio in 2007, damaged his anterior cruciate ligament in December last year.
After undergoing successful surgery, he missed the remainder of the season before returning for pre-season training last month.
He returned to competitive action in the first-leg of Liverpool’s Europa League qualifier with Gomel and was named in Rodgers’s first two Premier League starting line-ups.
Fellow midfielder, on-loan signing Nuri Sahin, is available to make his debut against Arsenal on Sunday at Anfield.
Liverpool have been dealt a massive blow by the news that Lucas Leiva faces another spell on the sidelines. The Brazilian was the source of ridicule when he first arrived on Merseyside but he has slowly won over his critics and is now regarded as one the best defensive midfielders in the Premier League.
It is no coincidence that the Reds suffered a dip in form last season after the 25-year-old’s cruciate ligament injury.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers now faces a dilemma: dip into the transfer market while he still has time or hope that he can cope for ‘two to three months’ without the enforcer?
There are a number of quality defensive midfielders available, including Yann M’Vila, who is wanted by Spurs, and Nigel de Jong, who Man City are trying to offload.
It remains to be seen if Rodgers will spend before Friday’s deadline. Either way, the Northern Irishman will be taking a gamble.
Leiva was crucial to the way Rodgers wanted Liverpool to play – the man to brake-up play and allow pass-masters Joe Allen, Nuri Sahin and Steven Gerrard to get on the ball.
The Brazil international’s lay-off may mean a stay of execution at Anfield for Jay Spearing, who had been set to join Wolves or Bolton in a £3m deal. The youngster could now be kept on until January to provide cover in central midfielder.
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