Chelsea star Willian has suffered a hamstring injury while on international duty with Brazil.
AS report that the experienced wide man suffered the injury in Brazil’s 2-0 semi-final win over Argentina and will miss the final against Peru as a result.
Brazil will be favourites for Copa America glory, with Tite’s side already defeating Peru 5-0 in the group stages, however, the Chelsea winger won’t be involved in the squad.
The report doesn’t state how serious the injury is, however, the news will be a worry to new Blues boss Frank Lampard.
The Chelsea legend was announced as Maurizio Sarri’s successor on Thursday and may well make the experienced Brazilian a key part of his squad next season.
Willian, who has been a target for both Barcelona and Atletico Madrid this summer, was scheduled to take time off follwoing the Copa America, however, the 30-year-old could well be forced to spend more time away from the first-team squad if the injury is serious.
Why Willian could be a vital player for Lampard next season:
Proven Premier League quality
Willian joined Chelsea back in 2013 and played with Lampard for one season. The Brazilian has plenty of Premier League experience and may well play a vital role in Lampard’s first year at Stamford Bridge.
No Eden Hazard
With Eden Hazard leaving for Real Madrid, Lampard could place his trust in Willian to be the Blues’ key creative force next season.
Champions League experience
Following Chelsea’s Europa League triumph and third place Premier League finish, the Blues will be playing Champions League football next season. Willian has plenty of experience in Europe’s elite competition, something which could be vital for Lampard’s young side.
With no Hazard, Willian could be the man to step up for penalties next season, with the Brazilian also showing in recent years that he has the consistent quality needed at corners and free kicks.