Lucas Leiva, Liverpool

According to Sky Sports Liverpool defensive midfielder Lucas Leiva is expected to be out of action for up to two months after sustaining a knee ligament injury.

The Liverpool midfielder came on at halftime during last Saturdays match with Aston Villa, and was on the pitch for just 20 minutes before colliding with Villas Fabian Delph.

It is believed that the 27-year-old Brazilian has damaged the ligament in his right knee and could now face eight weeks on the side-lines.

The news of Lucas’s injury is a significant blow to Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool look for a top-four finish and Champions League football next season.

Rodgers has been using Captain Steven Gerrard in a more defensive role and is confident that the 33-year-old can fill in for Lucas.

“It’s something Steven and I have spoken about for a while,” Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo after the 5-3 victory over Stoke.

“I thought he did very well in that role at Stoke. The mix of his game was excellent.

“It’s a special type of player who can play that position. Lucas Leiva has played there outstandingly well for us, Joe Allen has played it well and I think Steven Gerrard can play it because of his personality.”

Liverpool fans however may disagree with the assessment from Rodgers as it was Gerrard’s display against Stoke that forced him to bring on Lucas at halftime. With the transfer window still open do not be surprised to see a defensive midfielder signed before the end of the month.