Lucas pleased with recovery as Liverpool star battles serious knee injury
09:26 GMT, 5 April 2012
Lucas Leiva says his road to recovery is on schedule as the Liverpool midfielder battles back from a serious knee injury.
The Brazil international was ruled out for the season after damaging his anterior cruciate ligament in the Carling Cup win over Chelsea in November.
Sidelined: Lucas has been forced to watch on from the stands
It was initially feared that the injury – sustained in a clash with Juan Mata – could have ended his career.
But Lucas remains confident of a full recovery.
'It's going well,' he told Liverpool's official website. 'The knee has responded very well after surgery.
'There's still a long way to go, but everything is going as planned and the doctors are very happy with my progress.
Crocked: The Liverpool midfielder was ruled out for the season
Prior to the injury, Lucas was enjoying his best run of form since his Anfield arrival at in 2007.
And his absence from the team has coincided with Liverpool's worst top-flight run since 1953.
Unsurprisingly, the Brazil international admits it's been tough to watch on from the sidelines.
'It's my first injury since I came to Liverpool, so it's a bit frustrating because I would like to be on the pitch and help my teammates,' he added.
'It's been a mix of everything – supporters, teammates, doctors and my family.
'Everyone has pulled together and it's made a big difference for me. The messages I have received, especially on Twitter, have been very good and they keep me positive and strong to recover.'
Lucas spent time in Brazil as part of his recovery, but since his return to Liverpool at the turn of the year, he has attended every home game.
'At the home games, I am always involved. I haven't missed one. It's important.
'On a daily basis here at Melwood, I think it's important to be around and try to send my teammates a positive message and help in anyway I can – and I am always there at Anfield to support them.'