6 Mar 2012

Injury update: Lucas Leiva provides a new update on his recovery...

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is four months into a potential nine month injury rehabilitation period, but how is he progressing, and can we expect him back before the end of the season?

Lucas was at Anfield last night to pick up the Official Liverpool Supporters Club (OLSC) Merseyside branch Player of the Year award for 2010-11, and amid the celebrations, the Brazilian provided an update on his recovery from a cruciate ligament injury sustained in November 2011. He told LFC TV:

"My rehabilitation is going really well and everything is going as planned. I'm doing a lot of work in the gym and working hard.

"It has been a really hard time for me being injured. The fans have given me the confidence and belief that I will be back soon. I just want to get back playing in a red shirt now as soon as possible."

Have Liverpool missed Lucas whilst he's been injured? It's hard to say; for the most part, defending has not really been the issue for the team, and if the club's attacking players had actually been doing their jobs properly over the last three months, then Liverpool would be in a much better league position right now.

One thing is certain though - Many Liverpool fans see Lucas as one of the most important players in the team. Indeed, I conducted a poll a couple of months ago asking whether Lucas was more important to the team than Suarez, and the majority of voting fans chose Lucas.

Jaimie Kanwar


  1. Of coarse he's been missed, as you said defence hasn't been the problem but Lucas brings something to the entire team, breaking up play and starting attacking moves, not to mention the confidence installed in the attacking players by knowing he's back there. 
    Sooner he's back the better. Lucas Leiva YNWA

  2. The defensive midfielder seems to be the most important player in most teams nowadays. You certainly notice when teams don't have a good one. Man Utd are possibly the only one of the bigger teams who survive without anyone clearly carrying out that role, Carrick is hardly a ball winner, everyone else who is doing well, has someone doing a good job in that role. Arsenal have Song, and he is so so, Man City have De Jong and Barry, not to mention Yaya Toure, and Newcastle have Tiote. Chelsea have never replaced Makelele and have struggled since he went, without Lucas, teams like Bolton run right through us.

    Funny to see people praising Lucas so much now, after all he went through with us. Its even funnier seeing people trying to suggest that a midfielder who did a different job in a different country, is a template for what we can expect from our current flop signings who are doing the same jobs that they did for their teams in the same league as us. Lucas has worked hard to be a success here, wonder if our recent signings can do the same?

  3. Getting fed up of seeing Gerrard and Adam in a two-man central midfield. Both reckless and guilty of tactical indiscipline in the middle. So yes, Lucas back asap.

  4. Couldnt agree more with David A-S above. Well said.

  5. Top class player who has shown us all! Like what has already been said, do we think some of the other players brought can do the same.......I really am not sure they can! Let's hope he is back real soon!

  6. They simply cannot play together. Spearing did ok against Arsenal but still looks like a sending off waiting to happen, particularly with Adam in there. With Gerrard alongside Lucas, we would still need another attacking central midfielder, as I do not think Gerrard is it anymore. That is where the money spent on, both, Adam and Henderson should have gone. Spending the lot on Mata, for example, would have made a big difference.

  7. Has he hell been missed , said it before and will say it again he adds nothing to the team , coincidence or what first trophy for a while he not involved . Think last three months have been his best since he arrived