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LEIVA RETURNS

The Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva has handed a huge boost to the Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers after returning to training following several weeks out with an injury.

The 25-year-old Brazilian has become one of the integral parts of the Liverpool team over the last few seasons. He has not only been able to break up play, but he has also been instrumental in starting the attacks by playing as a defensive midfielder. He was one of the best players for the Liverpool team under the ill-fated Kenny Dalglish era. Rodgers was hoping to have the player on a regular basis this season.

However, he recently was injured once again and a medical staff put his recovery time at 12 weeks. Now, he has just returned from his injury problems and is expected to be back in to first-team action shortly. The player has made just four appearances this season after suffering a thigh injury during the early part of the campaign. He has not played for the club as the 2-2 draw with Manchester City back in August. The 25-year-old has said that his delighted to be back into full training, while the sentiment was also echoed by the manager ahead of the match with Wigan.

“Lucas has worked tirelessly in his rehabilitation, so he comes back out on to the field in a good moment. He won’t be ready to play for the weekend, but certainly over the next couple of weeks he’ll be very close,” said Brendan Rodgers. "Happy to be back and feeling good. Just get some more training session and I hope I will be available soon," said Lucas Leiva on his return from injury. Liverpool certainly need the services of Lucas badly after they are struggling in the bottom half of the table in the 12th position.