Chelsea are confident the hamstring injury Emerson Palmieri’s suffered on international duty isn’t serious – but he is doubt for Saturday’s clash against Wolves.
The Italy left-back limped off in the eighth minute of their clash against Finland at the weekend causing concern that he could miss crucial games for the Blues.
Frank Lampard will make a late call on Palmieri’s availability for the weekend visit to Molineux, but Blues medics are hopeful the defender is not facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
It is understood his substitution whilst playing for Italy was precautionary.
Palmieri felt his hamstring contract, but didn’t feel a serious tear – nevertheless the Italians took the decision not to risk the full-back.
Chelsea staff may feel it is too much of a risk to play Palmieri against Wolves on Saturday, but there is hope he won’t miss further games.
Meanwhile, young right-back Reece James is poised to hand Lampard a key injury boost by returning to full training.
James has missed the start of the season after undergoing ankle surgery in the summer – but he is due to recommence full training in the coming days.
The 19-year-old will be given the opportunity to make the right-back slot his own by Lampard, who is a keen admirer of James’ abilities.
Cesar Azpilicueta is currently Chelsea’s first choice right-back – but Lampard is understood to be keen to provide James with an opportunity to impress once he returns to full fitness.
The teenager was a target for a number of Premier League clubs in the summer – but Lampard insisted James had to stay at Stamford Bridge, a clear indication that he features in the Chelsea manager’s plans.