During last weekend's game against West Bromwich, Chelsea defender David Luiz was noticeably off his usual form in his clashes against Venezuelan striker Salomón Rondón. The central defender was a doubt for the game according to manager Antonio Conte, as the Brazilian was in recovery from an injury suffered after Sergio Agüero's horrid tackle on his left knee in our match against Manchester City in the previous weekend.
Still, David was once again a starter. And despite his struggles, Chelsea's back line managed to keep West Brom's attackers in check for the entire game, helping the side earn their 8th clean sheet in the Premier League this season.
In an interview to ESPN Brasil, David revealed that he played through injury. However, the decision to play was made by him and his boss.
"I felt a little, it's normal. I had the injury a few days ago. I wanted to play, I talked to the manager, he also said that he wanted me to play, and it was good. I survived for one more [game]."
Since returning to England during the summer transfer window, David's public rapport has significantly improved. He's glad to be in a good moment of his career, but he won't be resting on the laurels.
"I'm in a happy moment; happy to have come home, happy to be here. But as I told you, you have to keep working, because football is very dynamic. [The game] changes from day to night."
-David Luiz; Source: ESPN Brasil via Sport Witness
Missing David Luiz from the line-ups, even when he's not at "full capacity", could make us suffer a great deal in our next set of games this month. Thus, we hope the Geezer can reach full recovery as quickly as possible, as he remains a vital part in any plans Conte has in mind for the team.