Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva could be sidelined for up to two months after picking up an injury at the weekend, The Guardian report.
The Brazil international had to be replaced early in the Reds’ 2-2 draw with Manchester City on Sunday, and it has emerged that the South American has picked up a thigh strain.
With the midfielder being assessed by Anfield medical staff, the extent of the knock is thought to be worse than first expected, with Leiva potentially out of action for two months.
Brendan Rodgers sees Lucas as an important member of his three-man midfield, but will have to look at other options for the foreseeable future.
Lucas spent the majority of last season unavailable due to knee ligament injuries, and has once again been sent to the treatment table in a frustrating run of events for the Brazilian.
On a positive note, new loan signing Nuri Sahin will be available to make his debut for Liverpool against Arsenal this weekend.
By Gareth McKnight