Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is set to axe David Luiz from his starting XI ahead of the Blues' Champions League encounter against Schalke on Wednesday evening, according to reports.
26-year-old Luiz arrived at Stamford Bridge from Portuguese outfit Benfica in January 2011 and has developed a somewhat controversial reputation in West London for his reputation for seamlessly veering between the sublime and the utterly ridiculous.
The Brazilian international is primarily a centre-back but can also operate in a defensive midfield role which some fans may feel will serve to limit the often devastating consequences that can arise from his rather high-profile blunders.
However, according to the Daily Star, Luiz will be dropped by an increasingly impatient Mourinho after the drab 2-0 defeat to Newcastle in the Premier League at St. James' Park on Saturday afternoon.
Reports suggest that Luiz was heavily criticised by his own teammates following the potentially disastrous defeat to Alan Pardew's men. It appears that those players may have been dismayed by the former Vitoria star's typically casual approach.
Chelsea, who remain second in the top-flight despite that aforementioned loss, face Jens Keller's Bundesliga side tomorrow night.
The Blues managed to secure an emphatic 3-0 victory in the previous fixture at the Veltins-Arena on October 22 and another win at Stamford Bridge could be vital at the top of Group E.