Updates from Friday, March 14
Chelsea's official Twitter passed down the news from Jose Mourinho:
Mourinho reports Ashley Cole and David Luiz are out tomorrow but Fernando Torres is 'much, much better'. #CFC— Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) March 14, 2014
Chelsea have confirmed that defender David Luiz's injury concerns are still very much ongoing.
The club tweeted on Friday that the player, who has already missed a chunk of the season, will miss the upcoming visit of Everton.
The club's official Twitter account tweeted the following:
Jose confirms David Luiz has a muscle injury and will not face Everton. It is hoped he will be ready for Galatasaray. #CFC— Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) February 21, 2014
The club also posted Jose Mourinho's comments on the Luiz situation, who said that John Terry's return will ease the burden when it comes to the Brazilian international's absence:
Jose: 'If one day we don't have David Luiz and John the situation is more difficult. John being ready keeps our balance.' #CFC— Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) February 21, 2014
Luiz has been impressive for Chelsea this season as he migrates back and forth between midfield and defensive duties. He has featured in 14 Premier League games, with the Blues only conceding 10 goals in those matches, per Squawka.
His absence is certainly a blow for Mourinho. Luiz has improved greatly since his early days in England, and the class and the power he brings to Chelsea's core is obvious.
Where does Luiz play better?
The signing of Nemanja Matic has definitely helped the west London club as far as strength in depth goes, but Luiz's versatility in key areas of the park is his unique selling point.
His absence will ensure that Matic continues in the midfield as he gets used to life at Stamford Bridge for his second run at the club. It is exactly what the new signing needs as he beds back into life at Chelsea.
Defensively, Chelsea have coped proficiently while Luiz has been moved around the park. Squawka tweeted about one of the main reasons for this—the consistent offering made up by Branislav Ivanovic:
If Luiz's problems continue, he could miss a vital run of matches. Between the two Champions League legs against Galatasaray of Turkey, the club has three important Premier League games that could shape the destiny of where the championship trophy will go this year.
They play two away matches at Aston Villa and Fulham, and in between, they have a huge game at home against Tottenham Hotspur. Mourinho will need Luiz available for those games as he will require his undoubted skill and versatility to help his team.
The Chelsea boss did not specifically predict a return date for Luiz, but the Blues will hope Everton is the only game he misses.