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Chelsea 25-year-old in-form defender set to miss next game due to injury

Chelsea could be without in-form left-back Emerson Palmieri for Saturday’s game against Wolves after he limped off during Italy’s 2-1 win over Finland on Sunday.

The 25-year-old lasted only eight minutes of Italy’s European Championship qualifier in Tampere before being taken off as a precaution after tweaking his hamstring.

Although Chelsea are confident that Emerson avoided sustaining any serious damage, it is unlikely that he will be risked for this weekend’s trip to Molineux.

News of Emerson’s injury will have been a blow to Frank Lampard as he has been one of Chelsea’s most impressive performers at the start of the season.

While Chelsea have the second-worst defensive record in the Premier League, most of their issues have come at centre back or from the out-of-sorts Cesar Azpilicueta on the right.

Emerson, though, 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.

That form has seen him emerge as Italy’s first-choice left-back and their manager Roberto Mancini delivered an update on his fitness after the narrow victory over Finland at the weekend.

The former Manchester City manager said: ‘It was nothing serious, he stopped to ensure it didn’t get any worse.’