Antonio Conte has said that David Luiz will be fit for Chelsea’s Champions League visit to Atletico Madrid next week despite his broken wrist.
Luiz picked up the injury when he collided with advertising boards during last Sunday’s goalless draw with Arsenal at home.
He then picked up a red card later in the game and as a result he missed Wednesday’s League Cup win over Nottingham Forest and he will have to miss Chelsea’s next two Premier League games.
However, he is still able to play in European competitions and Conte has said that he expects Luiz to play in Spain this week, “He must be okay,” Conte said. “David is an important player for us. For sure he will be ready for the game against Atletico Madrid.”
While things are looking good for Chelsea, things are not going as well for Bayern Munich who will be without Manuel Neuer until January next year after he broke his foot in training last week.
It means that Neuer will miss Bayern’s Champions League group-stage games and he will also miss Germany’s World Cup qualifiers for Russia 2017.
According to the club, he “sustained a repeat hairline fracture of the metatarsal in his left foot.” He had surgery following the injury but Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, the club’s chief executive, has said that he will be out of action for more than three months.
“The operation went perfectly, which is the most important thing for now,” said Rummenigge. “We and our captain are now looking to the future. Manuel will be back to his previous best and available to us again in January.”
Bayern Munich will travel to France to play Paris Saint-Germain in their next Champions League match on Wednesday this week.