Chelsea left-back Emerson Palmieri has sent message to fans as he plays down fears over an injury he picked up against Finland while playing for Italy confirming that it is ‘nothing serious’.
The 25-year-old Italian defender has been one of the top performers for Chelsea this season and has started all four of Chelsea’s Premier League matches so far this season. He was withdrawn after just eight minutes of play in Sunday night’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Finland.
Emerson seemed to have tweaked his hamstring as he chased down Norwich striker Teemu Pukki at the start of the match and, after receiving treatment, was subbed off for AS Roma’s Florenzi.
There were fears for Chelsea fans who are scared to lose on of their best players this season especially in their next crucial game against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Molineux stadium. But Emerson has hinted the problem is only minor and does not anticipate being sidelined for very long, while he congratulated Italy on securing a 2-1 win in his absence.
“Very important victory today guys,” he tweeted. “Unfortunately I had a small injury, but it’s nothing serious. Let’s continue like this!”
— Emerson Palmieri (@emersonpalmieri) September 8, 2019
Italy boss Roberto Mancini also confirmed that Emerson was only taken off as a precautionary measure, saying after the game: “It was nothing serious, he stopped to ensure it didn’t get any worse,” the former Manchester City manager said.
It was another Chelsea star, midfielder Jorginho, who had the decisive say in Italy’s win, scoring the match-winning penalty against Finland to continue the Azzurri’s 100% start to qualifying, having won their opening six matches in Group J. Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, meanwhile, will be eager to have Emerson assessed before facing Wolves next weekend, with Marcos Alonso in line to start if the Italian is unavailable.