£75,000-a-week Chelsea injured left-back ready to play PL match

Chelsea left-back Emerson Palmieri has played down fears over an injury he picked up while playing for Italy with Finland and says it is ‘nothing serious’. Italy international, who has started all four of Blues Premier League games so far this campaign and the UEFA Super Cup, was withdrawn after only eight minutes of Sunday’s Euro 2020 qualifier.

Palmieri appeared to tweak his hamstring as he chased down Norwich striker Teemu Pukki at the start of the game and, after receiving treatment, was subbed off. Emerson has been one of the stand-out performers of Blues season so far, and there were fears that he would skip their next Premier League match with Wolves.

But the 25-year-old defender has suggested 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,’ Italian defender tweeted. ‘Unfortunately, I had a small injury, but it’s nothing serious. Let’s continue like this!’

Italy manager Roberto Mancini also confirmed that Palmieri was only taken off as a precautionary measure, saying after the match: ‘It was nothing serious, he stopped to ensure it didn’t get any worse.’ It was another London club midfielder, Jorginho, who had a decisive say in Italy’s win, scoring the match-winning penalty with Finland.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard, meanwhile, will be eager to have Emerson assessed before facing Wolverhampton next weekend, with Marcos Alonso in line to start if the Italian left-back is unavailable. Atletico Madrid were keen to sign Spaniard this summer transfer window, but the deal failed.