Injury lay-off for Liverpool's Lucas

 

Soccer:Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has been ruled out for two to three months with a thigh injury. The Brazil international suffered the injury in the opening minutes of Sunday’s Premier League 2-2 draw with Manchester City at Anfield.

It is a fresh blow for the 25-year-old, who had won his place back in the side after missing most of last season following knee surgery.

"It is very unfortunate," Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said today. "He has worked ever so hard to come back and he has been an outstanding player for me and person off the field as well.

"The indications are two to three months. It is quite a unique injury at the top of his right thigh. He has had a scan and we will see a specialist this evening. We'll see if it needs an operation or whether it is just recuperation."

Lucas felt the injury in the warm-up for the City game but started the match anyhow and lasted just four minutes. He had hoped to establish himself in Rodgers’s new-look side after missing seven months of the last campaign with cruciate ligament damage.

“No words describe my feelings at the moment,” he tweeted. “It is \[sic] been hard to be positive but I am sure better days will come. YNWA.”

Joe Allen dropped into the anchor midfield role after Lucas departed on Sunday and received the man-of-the-match award for his performance behind Jonjo Shelvey and Steven Gerrard.

Lucas’s injury, however, could provide an opportunity for new loan signing Nuri Sahin, brought in on a one-year deal from Real Madrid, to make his debut at Arsenal this weekend.

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