Luiz to miss Chelsea’s tie with Atletico Madrid

Written By: Muraya Kamunde/BBC
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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says David Luiz will miss the last Champions League Group C game at home to Atletico Madrid with an ongoing knee problem.

The Blues boss was forced to deny the Brazil defender’s absence was down to a breakdown in their relationship.

Luiz, 30, has played only once since criticising his manager’s tactics for Chelsea’s defeat to Roma in October.

Striker Michy Batshuayi could feature after being left on the bench for the win over Newcastle.

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Conte told reporters that the club is still trying to “solve the situation” with Luiz’s knee injury but was quick to add that he had picked the centre-back when he was fit.

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“Two weeks ago, then it was the past, then he played against Qarabag. If you don’t trust what I tell you, it’s your problem not my problem.”

Chelsea, who guaranteed qualification to the last 16 with a win over Qarabag last month, can finish top with victory at Stamford Bridge.

Atletico must win and hope Roma drop points to reach the knockout stage.

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Meanwhile, Paul Pogba will start Manchester United’s final Champions League group game against CSKA Moscow before he begins a three-match domestic ban.

The midfielder was sent off in Sunday’s 3-1 Premier League win at Arsenal.

United have decided not to appeal against the red card, meaning the France playmaker will be suspended for the Manchester derby at the weekend.

Nemanja Matic (muscle problem) is out while Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be rested but Luke Shaw could return to the side.

The former Southampton left-back has played just 48 minutes of first-team football this season.

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Manchester United are through to the last 16 but a point will secure top spot in Group A and boss Jose Mourinho hinted the return of Shaw could be one of a few changes he makes.

“I am going to make a few, but not too many changes,” Mourinho said.

“We didn’t qualify yet, we didn’t finish first in the group yet, there are other clubs also involved in qualification and I need to keep a certain balance in the team,” he added.

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