The international star was lampooned by fellow professionals after saying he wanted to stay in his native Brazil rather than return to Paris after Friday’s gun and bomb attacks that killed at least 129 people.
But he is suspended for Brazil’s clash with Peru on Tuesday and said he had no option but to go back to his club.
“I’m worried. I want to be near my girlfriend and my friends who stayed in France,” he told GloboEsporte before leaving for the airport.
“Unfortunately, I’ll have to live with this situation because I have to go to work.”
Luiz, 28, was sent off for a second yellow card in the dying minutes but Brazil hung on for a 1-1 draw against arch-rivals Argentina on Friday in a tense World Cup qualifying battle.
After the match, as news filtered through of the mounting death toll in Paris, the former Chelsea defender said he did not want to return to France.
“If it were up to me, I’d stay,” he said at the time. – Agence France-Presse