Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva frustrated at having to deal with new injury blow

Lucas Leiva: Suffered new injury blow shortly after return from knee injury

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Injury-hit Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has described 2012 as the worst year of his career and his life.

The Brazilian had to wait until August to make his first competitive appearance of the year after suffering a serious knee injury at the end of 2011.

But in just the second Premier League match of Liverpool's season Lucas picked up a thigh injury and was ruled out for another three months, leaving him to cut a dejected figure on the sidelines again.

"This is the worst year of my career and of my life as well. When we can't do what we like to do and perform your job, it's always a bit frustrating," the 25-year-old told Sportv.

Despite a slow start to his career at Anfield Lucas has been able to establish himself as a key player in the Reds' midfield, but the double injury blow has dealt him a significant setback.

He added: "Everything is a bit new to me because I have never had so many injuries. Two in a row is very complicated.

"We tried to stay positive when the first one happened, but the second one was much tougher as it happened so close to the other one."