Starsport understands the Brazilian centre-back was heavily criticised by team-mates for his seemingly laid-back approach at Newcastle on Saturday.

And as a result he will not face Schalke in the Champions League at Stamford Bridge tomorrow.

Luiz was criticised in the dressing room as angry boss Mourinho was facing the media at St James’ Park following the 2-0 defeat.

A source close to the Portuguese coach confirmed last night Mourinho is starting to lose patience with Luiz, although at this stage he is not planning to try to offload him in January.