Frank Lampard has confirmed that Emerson Palmieri will not be available for Chelsea until after the international break, as reported by Simon Phillips.
The full-back came off during the 2-1 loss against Liverpool with just 15 minutes gone, as per WhoScored, after a recurrence of his thigh injury.
This offered an indication that he may be out for some time, which has now been confirmed:
“Andreas is not too severe. Hopefully he won’t be out for too long but I can’t give a timeframe. Emerson won’t be back until the other side of the international break [mid-October]. It is the reoccurrence of an injury so we have to be a bit careful with it.”
– Frank Lampard pic.twitter.com/VDxhmt85cX
— Simon Phillips (@SiPhillipsSport) September 24, 2019
The Italy international will be a miss for Chelsea, as in his five Premier League starts so far, he has averaged 3 tackles, 2 interceptions, 1 clearance, 1.2 key passes, 1.6 dribbles and 1 cross per game, while also having completed 84.1% of his passes – statistics that highlight just how well-rounded the 25-year-old’s game has been.
Many Chelsea fans are seeing his loss as a big blow for the side due to his recent level of performance, with some beginning to wonder whether they will ever get to see their defence at full strength.
A selection of Twitter reaction to the news, including posts from disappointed Chelsea fans, can be seen below:
Are Chelsea fans not allowed nice things? What did we do to deserve this?
Emerson starts getting regular game time and looks like a top class fullback, then this happens? Feel sorry for the guy. Hopefully comes back stronger and can stay injury free for the rest of the season.
— Dan Panda (@cozierpanda) September 24, 2019
Will we ever get to see a back four of James, Rudiger, Tomori and Emerson before I die?
— Omar (@Edgeheader) September 24, 2019
— Kristen Pulisic-Cheek (@KristenPulisic) September 24, 2019
— Samuel Andrew Stephen (@IBTJ365) September 24, 2019
Bitterly disappointing. He had a such a solid start to the season
— Dylan (@dylanorrill97) September 24, 2019
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We’re done for
— KTBFFH (@DanielHarris_) September 24, 2019