Lucas set to return
Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva will make his comeback on the club's tour of North America.
Last Updated: 19/07/12 12:19pm
Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva will make his comeback on the club's tour of North America after recovering from injury ahead of schedule.
The Brazilian missed most of last season after damaging his anterior cruciate ligament in November.
But Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed the 25-year-old will return to action at some point during the pre-season friendlies against Toronto, Roma and Tottenham.
Rodgers told www.lfctour.com: "He'll have some involvement. He's still got some way to go to get back to where he was before the injury but he's back two months early.
"This is normally a nine-month injury. He's been back in seven, and that's great credit to his work and the work of the medics here.
"He's done very, very well and is working very hard. We can feed him into some of the games and increase his mental capacity to improve, because obviously it was a serious injury.
"He's a great guy, he loves his football, loves this club, and he's making great progress."
And Rodgers did not rule out Lucas featuring in the very first game of the tour against MLS side Toronto on Saturday.
"We shall see," he added. "The maximum any player will play on Saturday is 45 minutes."