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The Brazilian has been out since August after tearing a thigh muscle during his side's clash with Manchester City but is nearing a comeback to first-team action.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed that Lucas Leiva is around three weeks away from a return to first-team action.

The Brazilian midfielder missed seven months of football with a cruciate knee ligament injury last season and saw his return cut short after he suffered a thigh muscle tear during an August clash with Manchester City. The 25-year-old is almost back to full training with the Reds, though, and could now even be fit in time for the Nov. 28 clash with Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

"Lucas has been out on the field in the last week or so, which is great," Rodgers told the club's official website. "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."

Liverpool has endured a difficult start to the new Premier League campaign, having picked up just 10 points from the opening nine games.

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