According to reports, David Luiz missed today's friendly and will not be joining the Brazil national team in Germany due to a mild case of tendonitis in his left knee. It's also reportedly the reason Luiz was not on the Chelsea team for the Rangers friendly this morning. The Brazilian national team released the following:
Defender David Luiz, who has tendonitis in his left knee, is unavailable for the Brazilian national team's friendly against Germany
When asked about the absence of Luiz today, Andre Villas Boas responded with the following:
David Luiz should get back to training soon, he felt a slight pain in his knee in his first training session after he came back. It's something he didn't feel in the Copa America and it's not the reason why he didn't play. That was just the manager's decision. But he's only had half-an-hour training with us, although he should get back this week to full training.
This isn't the greatest news in the world, especially considering Mikel limped off the pitch today and Romeu is still away in Colombia. Hopefully Slobodan Rajkovic gets his work permit soon, although with Alex, Terry, and Ivanovic fully fit and Chalobah and Kalas waiting in the wings we should be just fine for the start of the season. I'd be very happy to see the team be extra conservative with this, but maybe that's just the Mets fan in me.