Chelsea consider recall of Emerson Palmieri from Lyon loan to ease injury crisis after Chilwell and James punches

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Chelsea are studying the possibility of recalling Emerson Palmieri from loan to Lyon to ease his injury crisis.

Thomas Tuchel wants the Italy international to cover the absence of Ben Chilwell, who will be missing the remainder of the season after suffering anterior cruciate ligament damage.

Emerson joined Lyon on a one-season loan in August as the 27-year-old was not seen as part of Tuchel’s plans.

But Chilwell’s injury has prompted rethinking, with Chelsea looking to recall the left-back as he assesses potential options in the near term. A loan transfer for Lucas Digne is also a consideration.

Tuchel said: “I don’t want to lie. We are reviewing the situation as we now have a new situation with Ben Chilwell.

“One of the possibilities is a player we know and love as a person, Emerson. But we have to check the details. We are discussing and reflecting and that will continue for the next few days, maybe weeks.”

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Chelsea’s problems were compounded by Reece James’ hamstring injury in Wednesday’s draw with Brighton, while Andreas Christensen is uncertain for Sunday’s clash with Liverpool after sustaining a back injury during the that same match.

The best news is that Thiago Silva has returned to training after stretching his hamstrings on Boxing Day, which puts him in the running for involvement. Timo Werner is still struggling with the Covid-19 and will not be available.

Tuchel has once again raised concerns about the pressure being placed on his players due to Omicron’s impact and injuries. He warned that even victory over Liverpool will not solve his problems.

He said, “You shouldn’t be naive and have the approach, ‘Yes, we’re doing it now.’ Now it’s a win against Liverpool which is always possible and always super tough.

“We’re going to try but it’s not a situation where you go, ‘Okay if we win this then things will be okay’, because the situation around her, why we are in this difficult place, they don’t will not change even if we win matches.

“You can survive a game of course, but at some point it catches up with you, how won’t that happen? And you have to be aware of it.

“We’re going to push as hard as we can to beat Liverpool, the day after Liverpool, it doesn’t matter if we get it or not, the situation will catch up with us because we are in this situation and that is why we are fighting and it will not go away with a win, but we will fight for victory.

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