Liverpool Dealt Huge Injury Blow As Lucas Ruled Out For 2 Months
Liverpool have been dealt a major injury blow with the news that key midfielder Lucas Leiva has been ruled out for 2 months with a knee ligament injury.
Liverpool have been dealt a major injury blow with the news that key midfielder Lucas Leiva has been ruled out for 2 months with a knee ligament injury, according to the Independent.
The Brazilian international was forced off just 20 minutes after coming on as a substitute against Aston Villa on Saturday evening after a clash with Fabian Delph, with the midfielder hearing a ‘click’ in his knee.
Boss Brendan Rodgers was hopeful after the game that the injury was a minor one but it appears the problem was far more serious than he expected with the Independent claiming that Leiva has damaged the medical collateral ligament in his right knee.
The 27-year-old missed a large part of the 2011 season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury to his left knee and while this injury is not as serious, it will still keep him out for up to two months meaning he’s unlikely to return until late March.
The injury will come as a huge blow to the club and Brendan Rodgers may now be forced into the transfer market to bring in a suitable replacement. Reports earlier today suggested that the Merseysiders are interested in bringing in AC Milan midfielder Nigel De Jong but it will be difficult to persuade the Italians to sell the experienced Dutchman.
Steven Gerrard has been deployed in a more defensive role recently and he could continue in that position if Rodgers wants to continue to play Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling and Phillipe Coutinho at the same time. The alternative is to drop one of the attacking quartet and perhaps bring in the likes of Joe Allen to replace Leiva.
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