Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed to the club’s official website that Lucas Leiva is facing an extended spell on the sidelines after injuring his thigh in the 0-0 draw with Everton at the weekend.
Lucas was forced off after just 16 minutes at Goodison Park, and a subsequent scan has revealed that the Brazilian midfielder will be out of action for “a little bit of time”.
A core reason for the club’s recent upturn in form, his absence will be a big blow ahead of tomorrow’s visit of Tottenham Hotspur, having proved a much-needed anchor in front of the new-look back-three in recent weeks.
However, there was better news elsewhere regarding Philippe Coutinho, Raheem Sterling and Adam Lallana, with all three passed fit to face Spurs.
"Lucas is one that will probably miss a little bit of time. We're just waiting on the exact results of the scan,” Rodgers said.
"All the others should be fine."
Coutinho and Sterling both picked up slight knocks against the Blues, while Lallana missed the match with a groin problem.
In addition, Rodgers could be handed another attacking boost for the clash with Mauricio Pochettino’s side, having revealed that Daniel Sturridge is in contention to earn his first start in five months.
The striker has made three substitute appearances for the club since making his comeback, but his manager is still undecided on whether to reinstate him into the line-up.
"You'll see tomorrow night," Rodgers added. "He's in a condition where he has been training for a little bit of time. There'll be a time where he will be able to start, whether it's tomorrow or whether it's at the weekend, you'll have to wait and see."