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Chelsea without David Luiz for FA Cup tie

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David Luiz has been ruled out of Chelsea's upcoming FA Cup clash with Brentford after suffering a recurrence of an ankle injury.

The Brazilian limped off in Chelsea's game against Swansea City in the Capital One Cup second leg and could be a doubt for the midweek clash versus Reading.

Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez told reporters: "He had a problem before. He had treatment, didn't play the other game [Sunday's 2-1 victory over Arsenal] and we were protecting him.

"I was talking with medical staff and him before the game about whether we could take the risk.

"I waited until the end and didn't want to risk him but we had to play him and after 10 or 15 minutes he felt something and we had to move him to the middle of the park."

Chelsea will also be without Eden Hazard, who is serving a three-match ban after being sent off for kicking a ball boy, and Benitez will hope to avoid another cup defeat.

"It will be a tough game, it's a massive game for them and they will be pushing, playing between long and short passes and then trying to win second balls. They're an interesting team and doing well," Benitez said.

"We play away and it's a cup competition. It will be different and our approach has to be different.

"The pitch is not the best, totally different, but it's a game we play against a nearby team which will be a massive motivation for them too."

Source: Yahoo Sport


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