Injuries continue to mount for Liverpool
Liverpool, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Liverpool suffered another injury blow on Wednesday as the Merseyside club announced the midfielder Lucas will miss 6-to-8 weeks after sustaining ligament damage in his right knee.
The Brazilian midfielder came on as a substitute at halftime of the Reds' 2-2 draw with Aston Villa at Anfield. But he lasted just 21 minutes before straining medial ligaments and being replaced by Joe Allen.
Lucas' setback is the latest in a string of injuries that Reds manager Brendan Rodgers has had to navigate. Defender Jose Enrique is out until February due to knee surgery, young left back Jon Flanagan is also out with a groin problem, while central defender Mamadou Sakho has only recently returned to the training pitch following an injury.
Lucas also missed most of the 2011-12 season after surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
Star striker Daniel Sturridge recently returned to the starting 11 against Villa after missing nine games with ligament damage to his ankle.
Despite this rash of injuries, Liverpool currently sit in fourth place in the Premiership and will face Bournemouth in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday before battling Everton in the Merseyside derby next Tuesday.
01/22 12:15:19 ET