Wednesday 29 August 2012
Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has been ruled out for two to three months with a thigh injury, manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed.
The Brazil international suffered the injury in the opening minutes of Sunday's Barclays Premier League draw with Manchester City at Anfield.
"Lucas has been an outstanding player for me and person off the field as well"
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.
Rodgers said: "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.
"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."
Through his Twitter account, @LucasLeiva87, the player said: "No words to describe my feelings at the moment. It is hard to be positive but I am sure better days will come. YNWA."
Lucas's absence will be softened by availability of Nuri Sahin, the Turkey midfielder signed from Real Madrid on a season-long loan, for the match against Arsenal.