During the group stage match up between Brazil and Mexico earlier in the week, Brazilian defender David Luiz accidentally clashed heads with teammate Thiago Silva in a collision that caused blood to pour from the defenders nose. David Luiz was removed from the pitch to receive treatment on his nose, but he returned to the game despite the injury.
Now that David Luiz has had time to have the injury evaluated, he has learned that he will need surgery for to repair his broken nose, but he will tough it out for the remainder of the tournament.
“Yes, my nose is broken, but that’s part of the game,” the Chelsea defender told told the team’s official website.
“Now I’ll have to wait until the end of the competition and undergo surgery to fix it.”
Part of what got David Luiz through the game is the energy from the home crowd. He commented on the atmosphere at the stadium and hopes that the Brazilian squad can continue to provide exciting games and positive results for their fans.
“It was thrilling, it gave me the chills,” he said. “It’s one of the best sensations I’ve had in my life, to see the whole stadium singing with passion. We’ll always make sure to give our best to these people, but it was an even bigger incentive to get on the pitch.”
Brazil will close out the group stage this Saturday with a match against Italy.