By Dominic Toner
Lucas is a fitness doubt for Liverpool’s FA Cup third-round replay on Wednesday against Plymouth.
The Echo claim that the 30-year-old is undergoing treatment for a knee injury and is a doubt for the cup tie against the League Two side.
The report details that Lucas’ absence would be a big blow to Jurgen Klopp as he prepares to field his youngsters against Plymouth, but the senior player captained the side in the recent goalless draw between the two sides at Anfield.
The Merseyside club suffered a frustrating draw in the home game against Plymouth and have been forced to travel to Home Park for a replay.
Klopp is likely to use the likes of Joe Gomez, Ovie Ejaria, Sheyi Ojo and Ben Woodburn as he gives his youngsters the chance to impress in the first-team.
Lucas has been transformed into an emergency centre-back this campaign and played the full 90 minutes in that position against Plymouth.
The Brazilian also played as a central midfielder in the EFL Cup against Southampton, but missed the weekend’s draw against Manchester United with his knee injury.
He was expected to be restored to the starting XI on Wednesday as Klopp gives his senior players a rest, with centre-back pairing Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan being preserved for future matches.
However, Klopp may not be able to rotate his squad as much as would have liked ahead of a Premier League clash with Swansea at the weekend.
In other Liverpool team news, the club’s supporters have reacted on Twitter to the news a 19-year-old could make his debut against Plymouth.