CHELSEA star Thibaut Courtois has spoken out in the wake of David Luiz’s dismissal against Arsenal.
The Brazilian centre-back has been one of the building blocks of Antonio Conte’s success spell in west London since he returned from PSG last year, turning in solid performances week-in week-out.
But on Sunday he displayed the kind of rash play that saw him criticised during his first spell at Stamford Bridge.
Luiz clattered into Arsenal ace Sead Kolasinac after overrunning the ball and was promptly shown a straight red card by match referee Michael Oliver.
That sending off has resulted in a three-game ban for the 30-year-old – ruling him out of upcoming fixtures against Nottingham Forest, Stoke and Manchester City.
Luiz’s Chelsea team-mate Courtois has now offered his take on the defender’s impending suspension.
He said: “We play Forest in midweek so it’s one less game in the Premier League, but the manager may have rotated David anyway.
“It’s a blow because David has been playing really well since he arrived last season.
“He’s a great player and a great leader but we have confidence in the other guys as well. He will be missed but we have good players on the bench.”
With his ban only applicable to domestic competitions, Luiz will be in contention to feature in the Champions League showdown with Atletico Madrid on Wednesday September 27.
Chelsea kicked off their return to Europe’s elite club competition with a 6-0 thrashing of Azerbaijani side Qarabag last week.