Chelsea confident Emerson’s hamstring injury is a minor scare but Italian is a doubt for trip to Wolves

Chelsea defender Emerson suffered a suspected hamstring injury in Italy's clash with Finland

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.

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