Emerson Palmieri has started the season well for Chelsea but lasted just eight minutes in Finland vs Italy yesterday night and had to be replaced by Florenzi.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has been handed a serious injury headache after Emerson came off for Italy on Sunday night. The 25-year-old Italian has impressed at left-back for Chelsea so far this season. He has been Lampard’s No.1 choice on the left flank, with the new Blues boss having preferred him to Marcos Alonso.
Having played the full 90 mins against Armenia this Thursday, Emerson started for the Azzuris against Finland yesterday. But he started facing problems after just six minutes. He lasted just eight minutes and had to be replaced by Florenzi.
Now the Italian defender looks a major doubt for Chelsea’s next weekend’s trip to Wolves. Chelsea boss Frank Lampard will also be very concerned about the Champions League game against Valencia.
While there were fears that Emerson had suffered a hamstring injury and could miss Chelsea’s next few games, Italy manager Mancini has played down concerns over the injury and says the left back was removed as a precaution.
‘It was nothing serious, he stopped to ensure it didn’t get any worse,’ Mancini said.
‘The defence did well, as Armando Izzo and Francesco Acerbi were playing together for the first time, but Alessandro Florenzi also impressed on the left, considering he was the only option we had remaining.’
So, hopefully the one week is enough time for Emerson to recover for Saturday’s game at Wolves.