David Luiz to miss Brazil World Cup qualifier

Rio de Janeiro, Oct 11 (IANS) David Luiz has been ruled out of Brazil’s home World Cup qualifier against Venezuela on Tuesday with a knee injury, team officials said on Saturday.

The 28-year-old left the pitch in the first half of the Selecao’s opening World Cup qualifier on Thursday, which they lost 2-0 to Chile, reported Xinhua.

Reserve goalkeeper Marcelo Grohe was also cut from Brazil’s squad due to an unspecified injury.

Luiz’s misfortune is likely to provide a starting berth for his Paris Saint-Germain teammate Marquinhos, who replaced the former Chelsea defender during Thursday’s match in Santiago.

Venezuela started their qualifying campaign with a 1-0 home loss to Paraguay.

Brazil will again be without Barcelona forward Neymar for Tuesday’s clash as he serves the final match of a four-game suspension.

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