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Lucas Pezzini Leiva | Midfielder | #21

Team: Liverpool
Age / DOB:  (30) / 1/9/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 161

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Lucas feels he is back to 100% fitness and ready to play again after working his way back from a hamstring injury.
The Brazilian midfielder has some action under his belt, playing 45 minutes with the U23 side last week and then being named to Jurgen Klopp's bench against Tottenham in Week 3. Lucas does not carry much fantasy value when he is playing, acting as merely depth in a very crowded midfield for the Reds. His return does help offset the current ankle injury Emre Can is carrying, though Can has not been ruled out ahead of next weekend's home opener against Leicester City. Fri, Sep 2, 2016 07:19:00 AM

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Liverpool maintained their strong pre-season form with a 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town, but the win was marred slightly by an injury to midfielder Lucas Leiva.

Leiva pulled up with an apparent hamstring issue on the hour mark at the John Smith’s Stadium and Jürgen Klopp is waiting to discover the full extent of the problem. Having made all of their outfield substitutions, Liverpool were forced into bringing on Under-18s goalkeeper Shamal George to partner Danny Ings in attack. When asked for an injury update after the game, the Liverpool boss replied: "Of course it’s muscle so we have to wait. But things like this happen - that’s how it is. It’s always unlucky and never in the right moment, but we have to wait for the exact assessment." The Reds are yet to concede in their four friendly games to date scoring ten times away from Anfield.
Thu, Jul 21, 2016 11:02:00 AM

Lucas Leiva could be back ahead of schedule. The Liverpool midfielder is "progressing very well," from the injury he picked up during the recent Capital One Cup final.

Lucas damaged his thigh muscle while taking the second shoot-out penalty and while initial reports suggested the problem was only minor, further tests confirmed the 29-year-old could be out for up-to six weeks. However, it now seems that the Brazilian might be back sooner than originally anticipated: "I’m progressing very well," he said. "I’m really happy with the way it’s going. I’m aiming that after the international break I’ll be close to coming back and hopefully playing a big part in the last part of the season." There was also good news regarding Skrtel who played an hour for the development side on Friday night. "Martin has been out for a while and he looked sharp. Obviously he will now be itching to get in the squad for the Europa League clash with Man United, so it’s onwards for him from there," said academy manager Michael Beale.
Sun, Mar 13, 2016 10:11:00 AM

Liverpool midfielder Lucas was thought as merely a doubt for the Reds victory over Manchester City Wednesday night, but Jurgen Klopp reveals that the Brazilian will be sidelined for five to six weeks.

The injury is to the thigh muscle and the timetable has him coming back at some point in mid-April. There isn't much space for playing time at the position for Lucas at this stage with Emre Can, James Milner and Jordan Henderson gelling well as the midfield trio. Joe Allen would be the main bench option to fill in for any of the three, whether because of injury or a tactical move. Lucas carries no fantasy relevance and should not be rostered in even the deepest of leagues.
Fri, Mar 4, 2016 08:50:00 AM

Jurgen Klopp has not ruled out Liverpool midfielder Lucas for their match tomorrow against Manchester City, but the manager says the chances do not "look good".

Lucas has picked up a muscle problem and is rather doubtful for tomorrow night's match at Anfield, though the absence should not be much of a factor in fantasy as he is of little value in any format. Joe Allen is back from his injury and can easily fill the shoes, though the middle of the park for Jurgen Klopp will likely consist of Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Emre Can, making Allen a bench option.
Tue, Mar 1, 2016 12:23:00 PM

Liverpool will welcome back one midfielder from injury while another heads to the training table after Lucas Leiva was cleared to return from a hamstring injury.

The Brazilian missed the weekend match with Aston Villa due to a minor hamstring injury but was passed fit to face Augsburg in the Europa League Round of 32 tie on Thursday. However, Jurgen Klopp will be without midfielder Adam Lallana for the match after the playmaker pulled up with a calf injury while Sunday's debutant Kevin Stewart also suffered an injury in training. Despite Lucas' return, it would not be wise to bring the midfielder into your fantasy team unless it is a league that values defensive metrics, and even then we don't know if he will be a weekly starter with Emre Can and Jordan Henderson in central midfield.
Wed, Feb 17, 2016 06:27:00 PM

Liverpool put on a poor attacking display and conceded the match winner in the final quarter hour as they suffered defeat at the hands of Manchester United, 0-1.

The Reds did well to overcome adversity to grab a 3-3 draw against Arsenal in midweek, but in their last six contests, those three goals have been been met by only an additional two. Lucas got the start in place of Jordan Ibe and the Brazilian had plenty of influence in the early going. He launched an accurate deep ball into the path of Roberto Firmino that set Adam Lallana up for a good look, but the effort went straight into the arms of David de Gea. He also clashed heads with Marourane Fellaini on an aerial challenge and the two would get into a shoving match a few minutes later. The Reds best chance to score came in the 66th minute when Emre Can put a powerful blast on target, but the effort was saved by de Gea as was the follow up shot by Roberto Firmino. Things could begin to boil over next weekend if Liverpool do not grab three points against Norwich City.
Source: NBC Sports
Sun, Jan 17, 2016 12:17:00 PM

A training ground injury for Lucas Leiva ruled the midfielder out of Sundays’ FA Cup semi-final against Aston Villa handing Steven Gerrard an opportunity to return to the side.

Lucas has been in great form since returning from a muscular problem but the Brazilian suffered a thigh injury on Thursday opening the door for Gerrard who was available again following his 3-game suspension. A Wembley appearance in his final Liverpool game – before a move to MLS side LA Galaxy – was seen by many as the perfect end to a wonderful Liverpool career but after 700+ matches spanning over 15 years it wasn’t meant to be. Despite Philippe Coutinho opening the scoring it was Villa who hit back with goals from the in-form Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph; although Mario Balotelli had an equaliser wrongly disallowed for off-side it was the Claret and Blues who thoroughly deserved the win.
Source: Football 365
Mon, Apr 20, 2015 07:51:00 AM

Lucas Leiva has returned to training for Liverpool after a six week layoff stemming from a groin injury picked up in the Merseyside Derby at Goodison Park in early February.

The report from the Echo is already suggesting that the United clash this weekend is likely too soon for the Brazilian and that Easter Saturday's fixture against Arsenal would be a more reasonable expectation after such a lengthy layoff. Even when he is fully fit, he may not be in a position to supplant either Jordan Henderson or Steven Gerrard for one of the two central midfield positions, lest either are hurting themselves. Gerrard is having his final hurrah as a Red and Henderson has been superb as the changing of the guard takes place.
Wed, Mar 18, 2015 10:15:00 PM

Brendan Rodgers has confirmed Lucas Leiva is set for a spell on the sidelines after limping out of the Merseyside derby on Saturday.

Lucas had struggled during the build-up to Saturdays' game before being passed fit to face Everton but the Liverpool midfielder lasted less than 20 minutes after a recurrence of a groin injury – a scan will confirm the extent of the damage amid speculation he could miss around a month. Rodgers will also check on Philippe Coutinho [knee] and Raheem Sterling [foot] after the pair were replaced at Goodison Park however they "should be fine" along with Adam Lallana. It remains to be seen whether Daniel Sturridge will start his first game since recovering from calf and thigh strains having made three substitutes appearances.
Mon, Feb 9, 2015 10:06:00 AM

Liverpool's recent defensive improvement may have more to do with the presence of Lucas in the XI than anything else.

Liverpool kept only two clean sheets in their first twelve league matches this season, with Lucas starting just one of them. He has started the following ten matches since and the Reds have racked up five cleanies, with their most recent coming on the road at Villa Park. His defensive efforts combined with Phillipe Coutinho's creative contributions has given the Reds midfield the necessary spark to compensate for what as been disappointing production at the striker and defender positions. Unfortunately, Lucas' style does not translate to fantasy production and will probably remain an afterthought for those purposes.
Mon, Jan 26, 2015 03:32:00 PM

The Daily Mail are reporting that Liverpool have triggered the £9.75m release clause in Emre Can's Bayern Leverkusen contract.

Having already added Rickie Lambert, Brendan Rodgers appears to be moving to strengthen further before the World Cup as he nears a deal for German youth international Emre Can. The versatile 6'1" is primarily a holding midfielder but has also appeared at left back for Leverkusen. With both positions in need of strengthening this looks like a solid move for the Reds. It should be noted that Can's Leverkusen transfer from Bayern Munich included a buy-back clause for the Munich club which would presumably remain in force at Liverpool.
Wed, Jun 4, 2014 12:22:00 PM

Liverpool will be boosted by the return of Lucas and Mamadou Sakho. The duo came through a return match with the U-21s and are returning to training.

Neither player is assured of walking right into the first team at the moment, but the options will please manager, Brendan Rodgers.
Source: Daily Mirror
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 11:26:00 AM

Lucas Leiva will miss two months with a knee injury suffered against Aston Villa at the weekend.

Liverpool can ill-afford to lose Lucas. He's not only their best defensive midfielder, he's also one of only four senior midfielders in a team that plays with three at a time. Steven Gerrard and Joe Allen have had injury problems this year, leaving Liverpool with few options and very little margin for error.
Tue, Jan 21, 2014 11:47:00 PM

Midfielder Lucas Leiva missed his second straight Premier League match at Newcastle after his wife went into labor on Friday.

Leiva, who missed the match against Crystal Palace due to yellow card accumulation, missed the match against Newcastle for happier reasons as he was present at the birth of his daughter, Valentina.
Wed, Oct 23, 2013 12:23:00 AM