Brendan Rodgers confirmed the news at the club’s press conference today ahead of the Reds’ second-leg tie versus Hearts in the Europa League qualifier:
“It is very unfortunate. He has worked ever so hard to come back and he has been an outstanding player for me and person off the field as well,” said the manager.
“The indications are two to three months. It is quite a unique injury at the top of his right thigh.
“He has had a scan and we will see a specialist this evening. We’ll see if it needs an operation or whether it is just recuperation.”
Lucas had made a remarkable recovery, some two months ahead of his predicted schedule, after missing the majority of last season when he suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage during the 2-0 League Cup win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in November.
Despite participating in the majority of pre-season and the early competitive fixtures of this campaign so far, his comeback has now come to an abrupt end as he lasted just 5 minutes before limping off against Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday’s 2-2 draw.
Visibly disappointed as he left the field of play, Lucas took to Twitter earlier today to share his pain:
“No words to describe my feelings at the moment. It’s been hard to be positive but I am sure better days will come. YNWA.”
It was hoped that the injury wasn’t as bad as initially feared, however questions will now be raised as to whether the 25 year old was actually rushed back too soon, to be fit ahead of this campaign.