David Luiz will be denied a return to Chelsea’s starting XI against Atletico Madrid through injury as Antonio Conte targets the elimination of a traditional Champions League contender.
Centre-back Luiz, 30, was unable to train with his team-mates at Cobham on Monday as he continues to struggle with a knee problem.
That will prevent him from replacing his apparent successor, Andreas Christensen, at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday as Conte considers shuffling his pack
Luiz worked with Chelsea’s physios away from the rest of the squad as his recovery continues – although the Premier League champions continue to refuse to put a time-frame on the issue.
Chelsea have already guaranteed progress to the knock-out stages but a win against Atletico would secure top spot in Group C, while sending Tuesday’s opponents out.
‘I think this game is important because we are playing against Atletico Madrid and they have shown in the past to be an important team in this tournament,’ Conte said.