David Luiz injury adds to Chelsea woe

Clive Mason

Thought we were done with bad news? Well, you thought wrong.

The Mail is reporting that David Luiz's limp at the end of the Swansea City match was rather more severe than the battling Brazilian made it look. The centre back has apparently picked up a calf injury that could rule him out of action for weeks, a knock which throws the situation at centre back and midfield into fresh disarray.

Let's not forget the circumstances behind the injury, either. David Luiz was ruled out of Chelsea's 2-1 win over Arsenal with an ankle problem and he was apparently not fit enough to start against Swansea City either -- Branislav Ivanovic and Gary Cahill were the centre back tandem deployed by Rafa Benitez at the Liberty Stadium. Until the 68th minute, that is, when David Luiz came on for Ivanovic in what was essentially a nonsensical straight swap.

Benitez essentially fielded an unfit player for no pressing reason and then saw him get hurt. If the 25-year-old is out for a significant amount of time, some (but not all) of the blame has to fall on the manager's head. Fortunately, John Terry is back to provide cover at centre half, but a David Luiz injury would mean that Chelsea are without their three best defensive options at central midfield and will need reinforcements even more desperately than they already did.

If this is serious, bet on a new midfielder to come in within the next week.


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