Lucas Leiva salutes Liverpool fans after season-ending injury
Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva thanks Reds fans for their support after his season-ending knee injury suffered in November
Lucas Leiva has paid tribute to Liverpool fans for their support in the wake of his season-ending knee injury.
The 25-year-old midfielder underwent anterior cruciate ligament surgery in Brazil after being carried off on a stretcher during Liverpool’s 2-0 Carling Cup quarter-final win at Chelsea in November.
And the Brazilian has revealed that the floods of messages from Reds fans since the extent of the injury was confirmed have helped him through a difficult period.
“As I said when I got injured, I want to say thanks to the fans for all the positive messages they have been sending to me,” he told Liverpool’s website.
“They are definitely helping me a lot to keep strong and do well. Hopefully I will be back soon and wearing the red shirt again will be a good thing to achieve.”
He added: “I was really frustrated because it was my first injury since I arrived at Liverpool and a serious one, so I was really down, especially after the operation. But you can’t complain about it, you just have to deal with it, try to do the right rehab and come back stronger than before.”
“I did my rehab after my operation in Brazil. The doctor wanted me there for at least six weeks and not to get a flight back straight away after the operation.
“I did simple things, tried to take the swelling of the knee down and start to move it a little bit.
“I was not in my city, I was in Sao Paulo but my family could go there and we spent some time together – but I was in the clinic doing physio almost all day, every day.
“Now I have to work really hard to come back as soon as possible.”