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David Luiz Moreira Marinho | Defensemen | #30

Team: Chelsea
Age / DOB:  (31) / 4/22/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 185

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David Luiz could be sidelined for a further month as he struggles to shake off persistent knee and ankle problems.
The Brazilian last appeared for the Blues at Vicarage Road in February - his first game back after missing the two previous matches due to ankle ligament damage - but he suffered a recurrence which has kept him on the sidelines since. The club have remained very coy on the defender's fitness, however, reports on Tuesday suggest that the 30-year-old is set to miss the next four games. In addition, Luiz is still managing a knee complaint - sustained over a year ago following a reckless Sergio Aguero challenge – and he regularly visits renowned orthopaedic surgeon Dr Ramon Cugat in Barcelona for treatment. In his absence - Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger have been paired alongside Cesar Azpilicueta with England international Gary Cahill slipping down the pecking order. Elsewhere, midfielder N’Golo Kante is expected to return to face Crystal Palace on Saturday having missed the 1-0 defeat to Man City after fainting in training on Friday. Mar 6 - 4:35 PM

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Chelsea will be without David Luiz for Friday's FA Cup fifth round tie against Hull City.

The Brazilian center-back hasn't featured since playing 90 minutes in the 4-1 defeat at Watford on February 5th. Considering Luiz has fallen out of favor with manager Antonio Conte, his absence isn't a major concern with Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta all fully fit. Conte, however, will likely rotate some of his starting XI ahead of next Tuesday's Champions League clash with Barcelona. January signing Emerson Palmieri could make his debut, while youngsters Ethan Ampadu, Trevoh Chalobah and Dujon Sterling are expected to be in the matchday squad.
Feb 15 - 5:00 PM

David Luiz is in contention for Saturday's FA Cup match against Norwich City after recovering from long-term knee injury.

The Brazilian has been out since suffering the injury in late October and lost his place in the starting XI to Andreas Christensen, but could return to action as Antonio Conte will rotate his side for tomorrow's FA Cup third-round clash. Speaking to the media ahead of the trip to Norwich, Conte said: "When you play every three days, especially after the Christmas period, you have to make many rotations. David Luiz is ready and he will be in contention for tomorrow’s game." Elsewhere, Charly Musonda could feature following a groin problem, but Eden Hazard is a doubt after sustaining a knock to his calf against Arsenal on Wednesday.
Jan 5 - 4:02 PM

Chelsea defender David Luiz is still struggling with knee inflammation and will miss Saturday's match against West Ham.

The Brazilian international hasn't featured in a Premier League match since being dropped for the 1-0 win over Manchester United in early November, with Andreas Christensen having started of late and Antonio Rudiger beginning to see more minutes. Luiz started last month's victory over Qarabag in the Champions League but hasn't featured since due the knee injury, and while he might not be missed this weekend, manager Antonio Conte was unable to provide a timeline on the return of the center-back: "I don’t know the right time of a return for David Luiz. The doctor would be more accurate for that as he can be more precise." Meanwhile, midfielder Danny Drinkwater will also miss out due to illness.
Fri, Dec 8, 2017 04:27:00 PM

Chelsea are facing the potential of being without David Luiz for the congested festive period after revealing the defender has fluid in his knee.

The Brazilian has been in and out of Antonio Conte's first-team in recent weeks, having lost his place in the starting XI to Andreas Christensen. Luiz did, however, play the full 90 minutes in each of Chelsea's last two Champions League matches. With nine matches across all competitions in the month of December, losing Luiz would leave Chelsea thin in defense. Speaking about Luiz's injury after the midweek victory over Swansea City, manager Antonio Conte said: Now it's very difficult [to give a timeframe on his recovery], because he had the liquid in his knee. We have to assess his recovery, the time. But I hope to not lose him for a lot of time, also because we have to play every three days and I need all my players."
Wed, Nov 29, 2017 07:11:00 PM

David Luiz will return to the Chelsea squad for Saturday's trip to West Brom after his surprise omission from the win over Manchester United before the international break.

Andreas Christensen started against Manchester United and shined alongside Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta. While manager Antonio Conte reiterated his decision to drop the Brazilian defender was for 'tactical reasons', it remains to be seen if Luiz will be in the starting XI against West Brom. When asked about Luiz, Conte said: "Luiz is in the squad. It was a tactical decision and every single player has to react well and accept the decision." Meanwhile, Charly Musonda will not be available for selection and Danny Drinkwater faces a late fitness test.
Source: Daily Mail
Fri, Nov 17, 2017 03:14:00 PM

Chelsea were dealt a triple injury blow on Wednesday evening although none are believed to be serious.

Speaking after his sides 3-3 draw with Roma in the Champions League, Antonio Conte responded to questions about David Luiz, who was enraged following his withdrawal on the hour mark. The Chelsea boss revealed his substitution was more of a precaution due to a calf complaint: "I think it was a good decision to try to protect him. Also, because, I repeat, in this moment it's very important to protect the players. Then I changed the system and I preferred to change." Tiemoue Bakayoko played the full 90 minutes, but Conte confirmed the midfielder has a minor groin issue while Gary Cahill finished the game with his head and chin wrapped in a bandage following a cut, although it’s "nothing serious" and the captain will be okay for Saturday. Victor Moses and N’Golo Kante [both hamstring] will miss the game against 4th placed London rivals Watford at Stamford Bridge.
Source: Daily Mail
Thu, Oct 19, 2017 05:39:00 AM

Chelsea found themselves evenly matched with Arsenal and was held goalless at home for the first time in ages as the rivals played to a 0-0 final at Stamford Bridge.

Considering this match had superstars Eden Hazard and Alexis Sanchez beginning the day on the bench and with no goals to be had, this was still an intriguing match. Chelsea looked like they might go ahead first, when Cesc Fabregas picked out Pedro with a superb pass and Pedro was 1 v 1 with Petr Cech but could not beat the keeper. Victor Moses offered plenty of threat down the right flank, whipping in crosses, and Alvaro Morata was active in and around the box, but Arsenal would not allow the Blues space when it came time to test the target. Arsenal looked more poised to score as the second half wore on, but they could not take advantage of a straight red card picked up by David Luiz for a rash challenge on Sead Kolasinac. The Blues take a point but lose ground on Manchester City, who are looking the front runners to take the title from London.
Source: NBC Sports
Sun, Sep 17, 2017 10:43:00 AM

Chelsea center-back David Luiz is still struggling with the knee injury he suffered in December but says he does not need surgery.

Luiz, who was not named in Brazil's squad for World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay and Paraguay, has played the last three months with a knee injury he suffered in a tackle from Manchester City's Sergio Aguero back in December. "Only I feel the pain so nobody knows [how hard it’s been to cope with]. But we have amazing medical staff and they have been great with me," he told Standard Sport, "I won’t need an operation in the summer. But it’s very good for me to rest, not just the knee, but the body as well." A mainstay in Antonio Conte's defense, Luiz will have 12 days to recover before a crowd list of fixtures. Following a home match on April 1 with Crystal Palace, the Blues will face Manchester City and Bournemouth within a span of just four days.
Source: The Standard
Mon, Mar 20, 2017 02:43:00 PM

Chelsea travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the fifth round of the FA Cup but the Blues are likely to rest Brazilian centre-back David Luiz who has been managing a knee injury for the past two months.

The 29-year-old sparked concern following a social media post late on Sunday evening showing him wearing a medical gown with a picture of a syringe accompanied by the words ‘Let’s do it’. However, fears were quickly allayed by Chelsea who claim the procedure is part of ongoing treatment following the wild challenge by Sergio Aguero on December 03 which resulted in the Argentine serving a four-game ban. John Terry [ankle laceration] is rated as touch and go for the trip to Molineux which means Antonio Conte is likely to include Kurt Zouma and Nathan Ake in the starting XI while those on the fringing of the first team [Loftus-Cheek / Kenedy / Chalobah] could also feature alongside Cesc Fabregas, Michy Batshuayi and Willian.
Source: Sport Review
Tue, Feb 14, 2017 05:09:00 AM

Antonio Conte confirmed that David Luiz has been playing through knee pain but is fit and ready for Saturday's match at Burnley.

Speaking ahead of Chelsea's trip to Turf Moor, Conte spoke about the important of Luiz. "He’s available, his fitness is good but he’s playing with a little pain in his knee,’" Conte said. "He’s a warrior and he’s playing very well, I’m pleased for him. He’s showing me a great attitude and a will to continue to fight despite the fact that sometimes he has a bit of pain." While the news that Luiz has been carrying a knock come as a surprise, Conte's affirmation of his availability for this weekend is obviously good news. The Brazilian has started and played the full 90 minutes in each of the last 20 league matches, operating on the right side of Chelsea's back three.
Fri, Feb 10, 2017 01:53:00 PM

Chelsea missed out on a chance to further cement their lead atop the Premier League table as the Blues surrender an early lead to draw 1-1 with Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday.

Liverpool went on the offensive in the early going, with Georginio Wijnaldum forcing a diving save from Thibaut Courtois just 11 minutes into the match. The Premier League leaders responded shortly thereafter and took the lead thanks to the dead ball capabilities of David Luiz. With Liverpool in the act of setting its set piece defense, Luiz ran up and smashed a 25-yard strike over the wall and in off the post to beat an off-guard Simon Mignolet. The second half of the gritty affair delivered more dramatics, as Liverpool equalizing through Winjaldum before Diego Costa was denied from the penalty spot by Mignolet in the 76th minute. Despite Chelsea's missed opportunity to capture all three points, the Premier League leaders still command a nine point advantage atop the table.
Source: NBC Sports
Tue, Jan 31, 2017 07:19:00 PM

Antonio Conte reveals David Luiz could miss the game on Sunday due to ongoing discomfort in his knee after the "dangerous" challenge by Sergio Aguero last weekend.

The Argentine was dismissed deep into injury time following the reckless lunge on Luiz which left the defender in a heap. Speaking at Fridays press conference, Conte reported that John Terry [gluteal] was ruled out through injury, but there was no mention of the Brazilian until the press embargo had passed later that evening: "I have to check on Saturday if David Luiz is able to play on Sunday because, after this tackle … this tackle was very bad," said Conte. "It will be very important tomorrow for him and for me to decide whether he’s able to play on Sunday. That tackle was dangerous." Oscar [illness] and Nemanja Matic are expected to recover for the visit of West Brom.
Sat, Dec 10, 2016 10:59:00 AM

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte confirmed defender David Luiz will fill in for John Terry in defense against Liverpool on Friday.

Terry was ruled out for 10 days after sustaining an ankle injury against Swansea City on Sunday, meaning Luiz will now make his second club debut for Chelsea after arriving on deadline day from Paris-Saint Germain. Said Conte: "He's worked a lot in recent days on the defensive situations with the ball when we are in possession. I'm confident about his performance [on Friday]. He's a good player and I'm very pleased because I have seen good things from him in the training sessions."
Thu, Sep 15, 2016 07:23:00 PM

David Luiz looks set for his second Chelsea debut in Fridays game against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.

The £34m deadline day signing from Paris Saint-Germain is poised for his first appearance in the blue of Chelsea since May, 2014 after the club confirmed John Terry will be missing "for approximately 10 days" having strained foot ligaments against Swansea. Speaking ahead of the match last weekend, Antonio Conte fielded questions about the Brazilian and he was clear that Luiz was brought in as a defender: "I know he has played in midfield before but, in my mind now, there isn’t this idea." The 29-year-old has faced criticism in the past, and was once famously described by Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville as though he was being controlled "by a 10-year-old on a PlayStation." But Conte went onto to add: "He must improve in some aspects, I’m here for this reason. To improve my players. To work on any weaknesses and make them stronger."
Wed, Sep 14, 2016 06:14:00 AM