Lucas Leiva will have already been looking forward to the next two months as Liverpool’s Premier League challenge intensifies, and now he has another reason to get hyped up.
The 27-year-old midfielder returned to action earlier this month during Liverpool Under-21s’ 2-0 victory over West Ham United.
The former Gremio man had been out with knee ligament damage that he picked up against Aston Villa in January and featured in the whole 90 minutes against the Hammers.
Since that game on March 7, the Brazilian has came for the final four or so minutes against Manchester United at Old Trafford and has been on the substitutes’ bench against Cardiff City and Sunderland.
Lucas is unlikely to start for the Reds against Tottenham Hotspur, but he will be looking to get some minutes at Anfield on Sunday, as well as during Brendan Rodgers’ side’s remaining games of the season to boost his World Cup chances in his home country.
The midfielder is by no means a regular for the Brazil national team, but his impressive performances this campaign before his injury saw him make a return to Luiz Felipe Scolari’s set-up.
And now Brazil’s technical director Carlos Alberto Parreira has revealed that Lucas could make the 23-man Selecao squad for the 2014 World Cup finals in June.
"I have talked with Lucas Leiva, we hope he plays at a high level again so we can think of calling him up for the World Cup,” Sky Sports quotes the 71-year-old.
"There is nothing certain yet, but he is a player we have called up previously who did well and then was unlucky and got injured.
"You saw that bad luck happened with Victor Valdes and Radamel Falcao and it will happen again until the World Cup, but hopefully not with us."
Brazil have been drawn against Croatia, Mexico and Cameron in Group A.
Can Lucas Leiva make the Brazil squad for the World Cup?