Lucas announces his Liverpool return via Twitter

The Brazilian has been sidelined for two months.

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has said he will return to competitive action in the Reds' under-21 trip to West Ham United this evening.

The Brazilian midfielder has been sidelined with a knee injury he sustained in Liverpool's 2-2 draw against Aston Villa at Anfield in January.

Lucas can help the young Reds keep up the pressure on Fulham at the top of the under-21 Premier League. Liverpool are currently 2nd, trailing the Cottagers by four points but have two games in hand.

With Liverpool flying high in the Premier League - it is another bit of positive news for the Reds to give them options in the middle of the park in the final ten games of the season as they look to land their first top flight crown for 24 years - and trying to cement a place in the Champions League for next season.

He will face some stiff competition from Steven Gerrard who has been doing a pretty good job in the holding role, but in that short spell of the game against Aston Villa when he came on as a substitute he showed how much he can bring to the Liverpool team - and the protection he can offer his team-mates, especially the back four which could lead to a tighter defensive unit for the Reds.

Liverpool seem to be getting players back at the right time - with defender Mamadou Sakho also said to be available for selection for the first team having been sidelined with a hamstring injury since December. 

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