David Luiz has confirmed he will not require surgery on the knee injury that has impeded him for over three months.
The Brazilian, who returned to Chelsea last summer after spending two seasons at Paris Saint-Germain, was caught by Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero at the end of December’s 3-1 win at the Etihad.
Luiz has been playing with strapping on his right knee since suffering the blow and Antonio Conte hailed his defender as a ‘hero’ for the way he has dealt with the pain.
There were fears that the 29-year-old would need surgery in the summer to fully recover but Luiz says this will not be necessary.
‘The international break gives me a good chance to rest my knee. It’s a very good thing for me,’ Luiz told the Evening Standard.
‘Only I feel the pain so nobody knows [how hard it’s been to cope with]. But we have amazing medical staff and they have been great with me.
‘Every single match, every single player they are there for every player. They have helped me a lot.
‘I won’t need an operation in the summer. But it’s very good for me to rest, not just the knee, but the body as well.
‘I am disappointed to not be in the Brazil squad, but I respect the decision. I’m playing regularly and trying to do my best to come back [into the squad]. Have I been told why I wasn’t picked? No.’
Chelsea’s hard-fought 2-1 win at Stoke City on Saturday ensured Antonio Conte moved a step closer to clinching the Premier League in his debut season in England.
Luiz, who is yet to win the title, insists the squad must show character in the remaining 10 games to become champions.
‘We have to show every day in our lives that we are tough men as well as good footballers,’ the former PSG star added.
‘You need to be a good human, with a good personality, to be honest. It’s not just inside the pitch, it’s about being this way every day.
‘When you’re with people, you need to show your character.’