Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has confirmed that Emerson Palmieri will be out of action until after the next international break with a thigh injury.
The left-back originally picked up the problem when playing for Italy earlier this month, but he aggravated the same issue during the opening stages of the 2-1 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday.
Lampard also revealed that Andreas Christensen has picked up a knock with a return date yet to be determined. Supporters on Twitter were lamenting the Blues’ bad luck with injuries:
Are we legitimately cursed or what?? Azpi was having bad start of the season and we were hoping for Reece's return ASAP…so that we can see Emerson and Reece as new FBs combo…but now, Reece is about to be back and Emerson gets injured…why God why?? ?
— OneBlue (@RajivPokharel) 24 September 2019
We are dusted, let's hope Maastsen can break through
— PureChelsea8 (@PureChelsea8) 24 September 2019
— Samuel Andrew Stephen (@IBTJ365) 24 September 2019
We’re done for
— ??????????????KTBFFH (@DanielHarris_) 24 September 2019
Bitterly disappointing. He had a such a solid start to the season
— Dylan (@dylanorrill97) 24 September 2019
Didn't get the reason why he was started in last match at all
— ?AZU∆G∆'§ ЕМP!ЯЕ…? (@KingJeoklenz) 24 September 2019
Lampard gambled on Emerson he got it wrong.
— 13th Disciple (@anyuga_benard) 25 September 2019
Will we ever get to see a back four of James, Rudiger, Tomori and Emerson before I die? ?
— Omar ?? (@Edgeheader) 24 September 2019
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) 24 September 2019
Chelsea currently have five players on the treatment table. In addition to Emerson and Christensen, Antonio Rudiger (groin), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Achilles) and Marco van Ginkel (knee) are all out of contention.
Callum Hudson-Odoi (Achilles) and Reece James (ankle) are, however, expected to make their comeback this evening when the first team face Grimsby Town in the third round of the Carabao Cup at Stamford Bridge.