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Chelsea defender David Luiz has admitted he is still struggling with the knee injury he sustained after a horror tackle from Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero in December.

He revealed he is happy to rest his knee during the international break but also revealed his disappointment not to be in Brazil’s squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay and Paraguay.

Luiz told Standard Sport: “The international break gives me a good chance to rest my knee. It’s a very good thing for me.

“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.”

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