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It must have been a frightening international break for Chelsea boss Frank Lampard as Chelsea left-back Emerson Palmieri was forced off after just seven minutes of Italy’s match with Finland.
Emerson appeared to have tweaked his hamstring as he chased down Norwich defender Teemu Pukki at the start of the match and he was eventually subbed off after receiving treatment.
There were fears that Emerson could miss the Wolves game and a couple of games after the international break, but the left-back has rather revealed that the incident was a minor one.
“Very important victory today guys,” the 25-year-old tweeted. “Unfortunately I had a small injury, but it’s nothing serious. Let’s continue like this!”
Italy boss Roberto Mancini also confirmed that Emerson was only taken off as a precautionary measure, and admitted that it was a minor issue.
Mancini said after the game: “It was nothing serious, he stopped to ensure it didn’t get any worse.”
Italy eventually clinched a 2-1 win over Finland with Chelsea midfielder Jorginho scoring the winning penalty with ten minutes remaining.
Lampard will be relieved as Emerson is his first choice left-back and the Italian international has started all four of Chelsea’s Premier League games this season. It was Emerson who also started in the Super Cup final clash against Liverpool.
Marcos Alonso who was first choice under former bosses Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri is yet to play a game under Lampard, and Emerson has revealed that this is the best period of his career.
“I think it’s the best period of my career,” Emerson said. “I’m very happy at Chelsea, just as I was last season, but obviously a player is always happier when he plays regularly.”