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Lucas out for 5 or 6 weeks with thigh injury, Sturridge back vs. Palace

Suffering a freak injury taking a penalty in Sunday’s League Cup final defeat to Manchester City, Lucas Leiva will now miss “five or six weeks” of action.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, February 28, 2016: Liverpool's Lucas Leiva looks dejected after picking up his runners-up medal after losing on penalties to Manchester City during the Football League Cup Final match at Wembley Stadium. (Pic by John Walton/Pool/Propaganda)

The Brazilian’s thigh injury was initially believed to be minor, leaving him sidelined for Wednesday’s 3-0 win at home to City in the Premier League.

But speaking to reporters on Friday afternoon, ahead of Liverpool’s trip to take on Crystal Palace, Klopp revealed that Lucas is now facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

“Lucas is really unfortunate, a little bit more serious [than thought],” he said.

“I’ve never heard about an injury you can get like this!

“I don’t know exactly, but five or six weeks [out]. Not too good.”

Lucas is now set to miss both legs of Liverpool’s Europa League round-of-16 tie with Manchester United, as well as a crucial league clash at home to Tottenham Hotspur.

The 29-year-old could be set to make his return in the Reds’ away encounter with Stoke City on the 10th of April.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Thursday, February 25, 2016: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge in action against FC Augsburg during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 1st Leg match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Meanwhile, two other players to miss out on Wednesday night’s victory, Mamadou Sakho and Daniel Sturridge, could be in line to return against Palace.

While Sakho has a chance of featuring after suffering a head injury in Sunday’s loss at Wembley Stadium, Sturridge is set to return on Sunday having returned to full training.

“Mama today trained for the first time, a little bit, but the only [real] session we have is tomorrow – we have to see how he is then,” Klopp continued.

“[Sturridge] trained completely normally yesterday.”

The return of Sakho and Sturridge will leave only four players on the sidelines alongside Lucas, with Kevin Stewart, Jordan Rossiter, Joe Gomez and Danny Ings all still injured.

After making five changes to his side for the win at home to City, Klopp indicated that he may reshuffle his pack for the trip to Selhurst Park.

“We made a few changes, and I think we made the right decision, and now we have to make a few [more] changes,” the German explained.

“Everything can happen, we will see who will come tomorrow, see the last training, make a squad and get ready.”

Without Lucas, Klopp is likely to continue with the midfield pairing of Emre Can and Jordan Henderson, while the former Gremio man’s stint at centre-back may prove to be short-lived.

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