Chelsea have this evening been dealt a blow on the injury front, after Emerson was forced off during Italy’s clash with Finland.
Finland vs Italy
Roberto Mancini’s men travelled to the Ratina Stadium, for a Euro 2020 qualifying clash.
The Azzurri headed into the matchup with a perfect record in Group J to this point, having picked up 5 wins from 5.
The latest of these came this past Thursday, when Italy put Armenia to the sword by 3 goals to 1.
The 4-time world champions, though, were no doubt aware that this evening’s clash would likely prove their toughest test to date, with Finland having notched wins in 4 of their 5 qualifiers thus far.
The first-half in Tampere has since seen both sides stand firm, to head into the interval with the scoreline locked at 0-0.
Visitors Italy, though, were dealt a blow on the injury-front with just 7 minutes on the clock.
After making a lung-busting run back into his own half in an attempt to prevent a Finland break, Emerson pulled up with a muscle problem.
The 25-year-old immediately signalled to the bench to take him out of the fray, with Alessandro Florenzi having been forced into a makeshift left-back role as Emerson’s replacement:
— Italy (@azzurri) September 8, 2019
Emerson just got injured on Italy duty. Muscle strain. #CFC
— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) September 8, 2019
The extent of Emerson’s injury remains to be determined, but the stopper immediately appears to be in doubt to feature in Chelsea’s next outing.
Frank Lampard’s men are set to take on Wolves at Molineux next Saturday, in a Premier League clash.
And, safe to say, fans of the Blues are not exactly excited by the prospect of Marcos Alonso returning to their side’s starting XI:
Emerson off injured in the damn international break.
F*ck an international break, honestly. I can’t do this Marcos Alonso dance again.
— Alex Goldberg (@AlexGoldberg_) September 8, 2019
Emerson just got taken off for Italy with a hamstring / thigh injury meaning Marcos Alonso is likely to start for the next few weeks.. pic.twitter.com/x3KRFeTsU4
— Pys (@CFCPys) September 8, 2019
Update: Italy took a second-half lead through Ciro Immobile, before in-form Norwich City hitman Teemu Pukki levelled from the penalty spot.
Emerson’s Chelsea teammate Jorginho, though, secured another 3 points for the Azzurri with a spot-kick of his own ten minutes from time.