Antonio Conte Insists Luiz Must Play Against Atletico Madrid Despite Broken Wrist

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has insisted that David Luiz must play against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League next week even though the defender has a broken wrist. Luiz sustained the injury in Sunday’s goalless draw with Arsenal when he clattered into the advertising hoardings at the end of the first half.

The Brazil defender continued in the second half until he was dismissed after 87 minutes for a reckless tackle on Sead Kolasinac which resulted in a three-game suspension. Luiz missed Wednesday’s 5-1 League Cup win over Nottingham Forest and will also be ineligible for the Premier League clashes with Stoke and table-topping Manchester City.

But Conte, whose side beat Qarabag 6-0 in their opening Group C match in the Champions League, expects Luiz to play at Atletico next Wednesday. “He must be OK,” Conte said, “David is an important player for us. For sure he will be ready for the game against Atletico Madrid.”

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