Brendan Rodgers has aired his delight at the progress that midfielder Lucas Leiva has managed to make on the pitch since recovering from a thigh injury, with the Brazilian performing impressively in Liverpool’s 4-0 win over Wigan.
Lucas has sadly endured a tough time of it when it comes to injuries, with him having had to spend eight months on the side-lines last season after sustaining a knee ligament injury in November 2011 and three months out this season after suffering a thigh injury in August.
He looks though to be now on his way to putting these injuries firmly behind him since getting back into the first team in December after recovering from his thigh injury, and he has now started in all of Liverpool’s last 14 Premier league matches with his performance levels increasing.
Lucas's progress has certainly pleased Brendan Rodgers with him saying: “It is a big credit to him as a professional. He has worked so hard, and his attitude and his application has been first class. He deserves every praise for the way he has conducted himself.”
While though Lucas is continuing to progress on the pitch Brendan Rodgers has admitted that it probably won’t be until next season that Liverpool fans see the club’s Player of the Year in 2010/11 back to his best.
“I still believe, having worked with these kind of injuries in the past, that it won’t be until the summer, and beyond even, that we see him back at full level,” revealed Rodgers.
“It will be great for him to get a full pre-season with the group under his belt, but you can see in recent games that his mobility and the speed of his game is getting better and better all the time.”
“As I say, it is a credit to him. He’s been fantastic.”
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