Chelsea’s desperate attempt to recall Emerson Palmieri from his loan spell with Lyon has reportedly been blocked by the French club.
The Blues are in dire need of defensive cover following full-back Ben Chilwell’s ACL injury that’s ruled him out for the rest of the season.
To make matter worse for Thomas Tuchel’s side, Chilwell’s fellow wing-back Reece James went off injured during the Blues’ 1-1 draw with Brighton.
The England star was seen hobbling down the tunnel on crutches with the Blues not certain how long he’ll need to recover.
Tuchel touched on his side’s defensive plight after the Brighton match by saying: “We have no more wingbacks. Everyone is injured.”
With his main full-back’s sidelined for the foreseeable future, Tuchel was hoping to cut Emerson’s season-long loan spell with Lyon short to plug the gaps in his defence.
However, the Ligue 1 side aren’t willing to let Emerson, who’s played 19 games for them this season, leave before his loan transfer ends according to Get France Football News.
Although the Italian is still a Chelsea player, the West Londoners do not have a formal recall clause inserted into the loan deal with Lyon, GFFN claim.