Luiz looking for swift return

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David Luiz is determined to be fit in time to face Leicester City in this weekend's FA Cup quarter-final encounter, despite the midweek Champions League exertions which left him hobbling off against Napoli after the final whistle.

The 23-year-old Brazilian defender turned in one of his most impressive displays for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night, and wants to retain his place in the side.

"It's my ankle," he explained in an interview after the game. "I hurt it when I got a kick, but that's normal.

"This is football. I'll go to the training ground for treatment to help me for Sunday. I want to play."

Roberto Di Matteo could make wholesale changes after their European tie went into extra-time, including resting club captain John Terry, who failed to complete the Napoli match.

The 31-year-old only recently recovered from a knee surgery, and Wednesday marked just his second game back in the first-team fold after featuring in last weekend's 1-0 Premier League victory over Stoke City.

"For Chelsea, it is important to have all the players back from injury," Luiz continued. "JT is the captain and a legend for the club. He is a fantastic player and of course it makes me happy when he plays."

The South American stopper also took time to praise former manager Andre Villas-Boas - a man he felt deserved more time to try and turn things around in west London.

"I'm really sad, as Andre was a really capable professional. Unfortunately, he didn't have the time to show his true value at Chelsea. He didn't have the chance.

"You cannot doubt a professional like him, who won five titles last season and was feted by everyone. But he didn't have enough time at Chelsea."

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