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Liverpool's Lucas Leiva close to full fitness

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Liverpool's Lucas Leiva has admitted that he is still not fully fit but claims that he is feeling sharper with every match.

The midfielder was ruled out for a year with successive injuries and has just returned from a thigh injury sustained against Manchester City in August.

"After a long time out and two difficult injuries, I'm just very happy to be back," Lucas told Liverpool's official website.

"I'm still progressing in terms of fitness, confidence and strength but I will get there again. I just need to be patient and when I get back to 100 per cent fitness and the level I was at before, the better it will be for myself and the team.

"In terms of fitness, I'm very close to being 100 per cent but it's just a question of time and games, to be honest. It's very hard to predict how long it will take to get back to my best but I can see an improvement every week, especially in the training sessions.

"I'm starting to feel sharper and better every day so I try to take that into the games. It's important to play well at this crucial time over Christmas, especially because we have a lot of games."


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