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Luiz sorry for reckless challenge

18 February 2013 03:32

Chelsea defender David Luiz has apologised to Jake Reeves for a tackle that left the youngster with a concussion in Sunday's FA Cup clash.

Rafa Benitez's team were in complete control of the game against Brentford, which ended 4-0 in their favour, when the Brazilian charged into Reeves with his shoulder after the ball had been played.

Brentford manager Uwe Rosler confirmed that Reeves was not seriously hurt and, while admitting that he had not seen the foul clearly, praised Luiz's 'fantastic gesture' after he visited the Brentford dressing room.

"Jake is fine," Rosler told reporters. "He wanted to continue but our medical staff said it's better not to. Safety first, but he will be OK next week. He was definitely concussed.

"I haven't seen the Luiz challenge clearly enough to make a judgment. He came into our dressing room afterwards to speak to Jake, and I think that's a fantastic gesture."

Reigning champions Chelsea will face Middlesbrough in the fifth round and could face Manchester United at Old Trafford in the quarter-finals.

Manager Rafael Benitez used the post-match press conference to dismiss claims of a feud between himself and captain John Terry.

"It's totally rubbish," Benitez said.

"We didn't have any problem.

"We were talking about football with the team.

"He was training yesterday, we had normal conversations, everything was fine, I was really surprised."

Terry, who started his first match since February 2 and only his third this year against Brentford, backed Benitez's claim that there is no issue between the pair.

"It was good to get on the scoresheet and good to be back," Terry said.

"The manager knows me and I want to play.

"I have been out for two or three months but the other two (central defenders) have been doing well.

"It's good to have competition."

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4 - 0

Competition
FA Cup
Date
17 February 2013
Kick-off
13:00
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
4 - 0
Venue
Stamford Bridge (London)
Attendance
40961

Goals

Mata 55'  
1 - 0
Oscar 68'  
2 - 0
F. Lampard 71'  
3 - 0
J. Terry 81'  
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