Liverpool midfielder Lucas has given thanks for the support he has received after his season was ended by a cruciate knee ligament injury.
The Brazil international sustained the injury in the Carling Cup quarter-final victory over Chelsea in midweek and it was confirmed he would play no further part this campaign.
The 24-year-old has been one of the Reds' best players over the last two seasons and impressed in the last fortnight against Chelsea twice and Manchester City.
Lucas has been taken aback by the support he has been given and this evening expressed his gratitude.
He told Liverpoolfc.tv: "I didn't realise what an impact my injury could make on the fans.
"A lot of people have been sending me positive messages, and this makes me feel stronger.
"I know at the moment I haven't had time to think too much about the injury and I am just trying to get everything ready for the operation, but I know when I have difficult times during my rehab one of the things that I will remembe...