Chelsea left-back Emerson Palmieri limped off after just seven minutes of Italy’s Euro 2020 qualifier at Finland on Sunday night, with what appeared to be a thigh strain.
The 25-year-old, who has been in good form for Frank Lampard’s side so far this season, lined up alongside Blues team-mate Jorginho but was replaced by Roma’s Alessandro Florenzi with the game in its early stages.
If it is an injury which keeps him out for some time, it will come as a significant blow to Chelsea. His fine performances have seen him open talks over a new contract at Stamford Bridge , and he has spoken about being in the form of his life.
He had previously played 90 minutes for Roberto Mancini’s Italy side in their 3-1 win over Armenia on Thursday evening. Italy started Sunday’s game three points clear of Finland at the top of Group J, with five wins and one draw from their first six games.
Emerson will likely be replaced in Chelsea’s starting XI by 28-year-old Marcos Alonso, who has dropped down the pecking order this season.