Tuesday 24 January 2012
Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva says his recovery from a serious knee injury is going to plan after returning to the club to continue his rehabilitation.
The 25-year-old's season ended when he damaged his anterior cruciate ligament against Chelsea at the end of November and after undergoing surgery in Brazil, Lucas returned to the UK last weekend.
"I am really happy to be back," he told the club's official website. "I've really missed my team-mates and the atmosphere here, so that's why I decided to come back here to continue my rehab.
"I am still a long way away, but the knee is getting better and the rehab is going well.
"One of the reasons I came back is that it would be good to watch the games here and be closer to the fans"
- Lucas Leiva
"The next stage is to get the knee moving and in the next few weeks I'll start to walk again. Hopefully in a month's time I'll start in the gym and my programme and be able to work with weights.
"The physios and the doctors have told me the rehab is going well and progressing well. I am doing everything I can to help my knee recover."
Lucas, who is still on crutches, also revealed that he kept a close eye on Liverpool’s progress during his six weeks in Brazil as well as communicating with fans via Twitter.
"One of the reasons I decided to come back is because I think it would be good to watch the games here and be closer to the fans," he added.
"Since I've been out, I have tried to spend my time watching the games and using Twitter with the fans so I could be closer to them and closer to the club as well.
"It's the first time in my career I have been out for a long period and using Twitter with the fans was a good way of not getting too frustrated and supporting my team-mates."
Lucas believes it will be difficult when he returns to Anfield on Wednesday, when he will attend the Carling Cup semi-final second leg against Manchester City to cheer the Reds on.
He added: "For sure I will be at Anfield, trying to support and also to go into the dressing room.
"It won't be easy for me because it will be my first game at Anfield while I have been injured, but it is a really important game and we have a chance of getting to the final."