NEWSFLASH: DAVID LUIZ OUT, MATA TO BE CONSIDERED
Posted on: Thu 25 Aug 2011
Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed David Luiz will still be missing for this weekend's game against Norwich City at Stamford Bridge.
The Brazilian defender has made progress on his injury, and will be released for international duty having been called up to the national squad for their friendly with Ghana at Craven Cottage, but having only returned to full training this morning, it is expected that Saturday's game will come too soon for the 24-year-old.
Elsewhere, Villas-Boas confirmed Juan Mata will be in contention, but does not expect the new signing from Valencia to start.
'It is too early. This league is very specific in terms of intensity and emotionally and culturally,' the manager said. 'It doesn't mean he is not threatening the starting 11 but two training sessions is short for playing and creating new relationships with the players, so we will assess tomorrow. Tomorrow is the decisive day for the strategic part of our game and we will decide tomorrow.
'Everybody is up for selection. At the moment the funny thing is we are on full weeks running into a game, then when the transfer window finishes we have two games a week. it seems now we went into a pattern of the 18 and 11 but it doesn't mean changes won't happen after.'
Petr Cech has made good progress on his knee injury, and Michael Essien is the only long-term absentee.
'On other fronts there is nothing special. Petr has made a tremendous recovery and is looking good for after the international break, and Essien is long-term,' Villas-Boas said.