Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is aiming to be fit for the start of pre-season training as he continues to recover from a serious knee injury sustained last year.
Lucas suffered cruciate ligament damage to his left knee during Liverpool's Carling Cup victory against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in November, and was required to undergo surgery.
The 25-year-old has not featured since, but recently returned to Liverpool following a sustained spell of rehabilitation back in his native Brazil.
Although the Reds were able to win the Carling Cup and reach the final of the FA Cup in his absence, Liverpool were often seen wanting his assured presence in the centre of midfield.
Lucas, though, is recovering well and has set himself the target of a return this summer and can't wait to play in the red of Liverpool once again.
"I'm in the final stage of my recovery. I've been recovering for six months," he told Brazilian TV channel Sportv.
"I am currently in the physical stage, aiming to be back for pre-season, so that I can be back on the pitch as soon as possible."
Lucas will return to action under a new manager following the sacking of Kenny Dalglish, with Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers set to be named as the Scot's successor on Friday.
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