This article is part of Football FanCast’s Injury News series, which considers the impact of the latest updates on players’ fitness
Roberto Mancini has said that the injury Emerson Palmieri picked up playing for Italy against Finland is “nothing serious”, per Bleacher Report.
After just seven minutes of Euro 2020 qualifier, the left-back was forced off the pitch.
However, Mancini has since provided a positive update on the 25-year-old’s condition.
When asked about the injury after the match, he said: “It was nothing serious, he stopped to ensure it didn’t get any worse.”
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If you’d have suggested last year that Emerson would soon become a regular starter for the Blues, you would have likely been met with derision. The former AS Roma man made just seven starts in the Premier League under Maurizio Sarri as Marcos Alonso took up the first-choice slot in defence.
Now, though, the Italy international is one of the first names on his manager’s team sheet. He has started all four league matches this term, and also played from the beginning against Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup final.
It has been the nature of his performances that have made him indispensable, though. This season, he has been Chelsea’s best player, topping the WhoScored ratings with an average of 7.57. Both defensively and offensively, he has had a huge impact, leading the way with 3.8 tackles per game, whilst also appearing in the top five for dribbles and chances created.
His pace and work-rate have also contributed to his improvement and, as such, it is fantastic news that the knock he picked up does not look as though it will keep him out of the action. Alonso may not be a bad player, but he does not offer Lampard what Emerson does.
Once again this weekend, he will need to be on top form if the Blues are to take anything from a difficult trip to Molineux to face Wolves.