Chelsea Football club manager Antonio Conte is pinning his hopes on David Luiz playing against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League next week even though the defender has a broken wrist.
Luiz sustained the injury in Sunday’s goalless draw with Arsenal when he clattered into the advertising hoardings at the end of the first half.
The Brazil defender continued in the second half until he was dismissed after 87 minutes for a reckless tackle on Sead Kolasinac which resulted in a three-game suspension.
Luiz missed Wednesday’s 5-1 League Cup win over Nottingham Forest and will also be ineligible for the Premier League clashes with Stoke and table-topping Manchester City.
But Conte, whose side beat Qarabag 6-0 in their opening Group C match in the Champions League, expects Luiz to play at Atletico next Wednesday.
In Luiz’s absence, Chelsea’s youngsters impressed against Championship side Forest.
Eden Hazard made his first start of the season after suffering a broken ankle.
Conte suggested he could field a similar squad in the fourth round of the League Cup against Everton.