Emerson Palmieri
Chelsea signed Emerson Palmieri from AS Roma back in January.

Chelsea January signing Emerson Palmieri has insisted that he is close to reaching full fitness levels having joined the Blues last month, report Goal.

Palmieri suffered an anterior cruciate ligament rupture during his time with AS Roma and subsequently spent some time watching from the sidelines.

He has now fully recovered and is ready to challenge Marcos Alonso for the starting spot at left-wing-back. The Spaniard has not had any genuine competition during his time at Stamford Bridge – he does now.

Palmieri is quoted by Goal discussing his current fitness levels:

“Physically, I feel great. The injury is now in the past. They were six difficult months for me but what is important is right now and I feel good. I couldn’t feel better so I only have in mind the idea of training with my team and helping us achieve success.”

Our FA Cup clash with Hull City provides Antonio Conte with the perfect opportunity to hand Palmieri his first start in Chelsea colours.

If the Brazilian impresses against the Championship outfit, he may well have Alonso looking over his shoulder.

We eagerly await seeing Palmieri in action. He looks to have all the tools to nail down that starting spot for years to come.

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