Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva could spend a spell of up to two months on the sidelines after limping off with a knee injury during the Reds' 2-2 draw against Aston Villa.
Lucas was introduced as a substitute at half time with his side chasing the game and seemed to make a difference before limping off 15 minutes later. A scan has revealed he has damaged medial ligaments according to the Daily Mirror.
This means that Lucas is in line to miss some key clashes as Liverpool look to pursue the fourth Champions League spot.
Lucas is also doubtful for the tricky looking visit to St Mary’s to play Southampton, and if he is out for the full two months, he could be absent from a potentially crucial visit to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United.
Other league games the midfielder is also in line to miss are trips to West Bromwich Albion and Fulham, along with home games against Swansea City and Sunderland.
This means that Steven Gerrard could be in the defensive midfield role for a while longer yet after he admitted he didn’t have the best of games in that role against Aston Villa, whilst Joe Allen is an option that Brendan Rodgers could consider if Liverpool fail to bring in reinforcements between now and the end of the transfer window.
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