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Italy head coach provides latest injury update for 25-year-old Chelsea star

Italy national team head coach Roberto Mancini has provided a promising injury update on Emerson after the Chelsea defender hobbled off during Squadra Azzurra’s victory over Finland on Sunday.

Emerson, who has started all four of Chelsea’s Premier League matches so far this season, was substituted off after only eight minutes during Italy’s 2-1 win in the Euro 2020 qualifier.

There were fears the 25-year-old had suffered a hamstring injury and could miss Chelsea’s Premier League clash against Wolves next weekend. But Italy manager Mancini has played down concerns over the injury and says the left back was removed as a precaution.

‘It was nothing serious, he stopped to ensure it didn’t get any worse,’ Mancini said. ‘The defence did well, as Armando Izzo and Francesco Acerbi were playing together for the first time, but Alessandro Florenzi also impressed on the left, considering he was the only option we had remaining.’

In Emerson’s absence, Italy clinched a 2-1 win over Finland with Chelsea midfielder Jorginho scoring the winning penalty with ten minutes remaining.

Chelsea claimed five points from their first four games of the 2019-20 campaign and on Saturday face a Wolves side that currently sits 17th in the table.