DAVID LUIZ is out with suspected "viral hepatitis" after being forced off at half-time.
The former Chelsea and Arsenal defender, 35, felt extreme fatigue during the first half of Flamengo's 3-1 victory over Sao Paulo.
Although Luiz is remaining quiet about the diagnosis, Brazil outlet Globo claims that the ex-Prem star is suffering from viral hepatitis.
The Brazilian hero was complaining of poor sleep and showing signs of a viral infection.
He told Globo following the match: "Look, I have a little more serious problem.
"I'm going to do some tests. Then I'll tell you what it is."
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Manager Dorival Junior backed up his star and confirmed that tests are scheduled for Luiz.
He added: "I don't know if you're worried for the next match, but it's natural that it's a worrying situation.
"I believe that tomorrow the medical department should give us some information.
"I prefer to leave it without me doing anything, because it would also be frivolous to say something about an athlete who has been pre-evaluated by the medical department.
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"Tomorrow, for sure, we will have something more tangible and safer to share with everyone."
The centre-back headed back to his homeland in September 2021 from the Gunners to join Flamengo.
He signed a 15-month contract at the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A outfit following a decade playing in Portugal, England and France.
Luiz made the headlines recently after a furious X-rated blast at a referee.
The ex-Chelsea ace has also been linked with a return to Europe with Inter Milan.
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