Date: 29th August 2012 at 4:47pm
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed the news that midfielder Lucas Leiva will be sidelined for a number of months through injury…

Kop boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed the severity of the thigh injury sustained by Brazilian international Lucas Leiva against Manchester City at the weekend.

Rodgers, speaking this afternoon at his pre-match press conference for tomorrow night’s Europa League tie with Hearts, described the situation as ‘very unfortunate’.

“It is very unfortunate. 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,” said the former Swansea City boss.

“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 actually picked up the injury during the warm-up before Sunday’s 2-2 draw but still started the match only to be substituted five minutes in.

The injury is a big blow for club and player after the 25-year-old missed the majority of last season with a cruciate knee ligament injury suffered against Chelsea at the end of November.

Lucas revealed his heartache to the news on Twitter, saying: “No words to describe my feelings at the moment. It is been hard to be positive but I am sure better days will come. YNWA.”

Confirmation of the injury may also have implications for other players at the club. Fellow midfielders Charlie Adam and Jay Spearing have both been heavily linked with moves away during the present transfer window but Lucas’ injury could see at least one of the two retained as cover.

Vital Verdict
Devastating news, especially for Lucas himself. After coming through the previous injury and working so hard in pre-season to get fit, this is a huge blow. His absence last year played a massive part in us finishing a distant 8th in the league and it wasn’t until he was out that many fans finally realised his true ability and importance. Thankfully we do have plenty of options even if, as seems likely, Adam and Spearing both depart. Steven Gerrard, Joe Allan, Jordan Henderson, Nuri Sahin and Jonjo Shelvey are not a bad selection of players to choose from for the central midfield area.

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