Antonio Conte confirms that David Luiz will return to the Chelsea squad for the game against West Brom
Antonio Conte has confirmed that David Luiz will return to the Chelsea squad for their trip to West Brom on Saturday.
Luiz was left out of the squad for Chelsea’s most recent match – the 1-0 win against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge – with Conte describing the move as a “tactical decision”.
He added that Luiz was “not in good form”, and that Andreas Christensen, his replacement, was “for the present and future”.
When asked if Luiz was in contention for the fixture at the Hawthorns, Conte said: “Yes, David Luiz is in the squad.
“I repeat; it was a technical decision. Every single player has to react well and accept my decision.”
However, Conte was reluctant to be drawn on his relationship with the Brazilian defender, saying: “I’m here to speak for the team before an important game against West Brom, and not to speak about a single player.
“I like to speak about the team, about the next game in which we have to pay good attention. “
Moving on from Luiz, the Chelsea boss was keen to praise Danny Drinkwater, who played for the Blues against Man Utd but then turned down a call from Gareth Southgate to join the England squad.
He said: “He was very honest. During the game against Manchester United he took a knock on his calf. He stopped himself to have treatment and to recover. He’s only started to work with us this week.
“It means the player was clear and intelligent. I don’t understand why we always have to try and make a problem.”
While Luiz will return to the Chelsea squad, Conte reported that Michy Batshuayi and Charly Musonda are struggling with injuries, and that he hopes to have Victor Moses back next week.