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Chelsea will return to Premier League action this weekend after the international break, as the Blues will be away to Wolves at the Molineux Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Unfortunately for Frank Lampard, left-back Emerson Palmieri might have to miss this game.
The 25-year-old was taken off after eight minutes in Italy’s European Championship qualifier against Finland in Tampere, as he was taken off as a precaution after tweaking his hamstring.
Emerson was chasing Norwich striker Teemu Pukki in the early stages of the Euro 2202 qualifier when he pulled his hamstring.
After the game, Emerson tweeted that it was a minor injury, and Italy boss Roberto Mancini also confirmed that Emerson was only taken off as a precautionary measure, and admitted that it was a minor issue.
However, the in-form left-back might not feature this weekend, as Marcos Alonso might be set for his first start of the season, with Lampard not willing to risk the 25-year-old.
Emerson has been Lampard’s first choice at left-back, and the Italy international has shown that he deserves the position with a series of impressive performances.
Emerson has been excellent, winning all 15 of his attempted tackles, topping Chelsea’s charts for interceptions with ten and also creating six chances at the other end, and that form has seen him emerge as Roberto Mancini’s first choice left-back in the Italian national team.
Having become a regular feature for both club and country, Emerson has admitted that this is the best moment of his career.
“I think it’s the best period of my career,” Emerson told Italian TV channel Rai Sport.
“I’m very happy at Chelsea, just as I was last season, but obviously a player is always happier when he plays regularly.”