Luiz to miss Atletico clash

05 December 2017 03:35:39 EST

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has announced that David Luiz will not feature in the Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid because of injury.

The Brazilian defender is struggling with a problem to his right knee and missed a training session on Monday.

He has only made one appearance since he questioned Conte's tactics in the 3-0 Champions League loss at Roma in October, but the Blues manager insists his relationship with the 30-year-old remains good.

The Italian said: "David is out. This problem is with his knee and we are trying to solve this situation. He's out."

When asked about the perceived problem between himself and Luiz, Conte replied: "Two weeks ago, then it was the past, then he played against Qarabag. If you don't trust what I tell it's your problem not my problem."

Meanwhile, Cesc Fabregas hopes he win the Champions League for the first time in his career this season.

The former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder said: "We'll try our best to be consistent enough to reach the final and hopefully win.

"I wasn't playing [when Conte first arrived at Stamford Bridge at the start of last season]. I wasn't really part of his initial plans and at that point you can do two things.

"You can just give up and accept you are not going to be part of the team or the club in the future. The other is what I did, put your head down and be humble, show him that he's wrong."

Chelsea, 12121/1 to win the Champions League outright, can be backed at 11/10 to beat Atletico Madrid and at 11/1 to win the match 2-0.

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