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Rodgers relief as Lucas set for return

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that Lucas Leiva is close to a return from injury.

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Lucas suffered a thigh muscle tear and was replaced after just four minutes against Manchester City in August.

The Brazilian has had a horror run with injury, having missed seven months of football with a cruciate knee ligament injury last season before his latest setback, but is expected to return to first team action within three weeks.

The midfielder is almost back to full training and could be fit in time for the Reds' trip to White Hart Lane on November 28.

"Lucas has been out on the field in the last week or so which is great," Rodgers told the club's official website. "He's not doing multi-directional movements yet but he's doing a lot of straight-line running and endurance work. I'm anticipating maybe another three weeks but his professionalism is great and he'll get back probably sooner than is anticipated."

Rodgers has spoken out in recent weeks about the lack of depth in his squad and the return of Lucas should provide welcome relief. Liverpool has had a tough start to life under their new manager securing just 10 points from their opening nine games.

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