Liverpool hope to have Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva back in action by the end of the month, Brendan Rodgers has revealed.
Lucas has sat out injured since early in the season after having to undergo an operation on a cruciate knee ligament.
Now Rodgers is hopeful he will have his key midfielder back for the festive period of fixtures.
“Lucas has been out on the field in the last week or so which is great,” Rodgers told the Liverpool Daily Post.
“He’s not doing multi-directional movements yet but he’s doing a lot of straight-line running and endurance work.
“I’m anticipating maybe another three weeks but his professionalism is great and he’ll get back probably sooner than is anticipated.”