Corinthians striker Emerson Sheik to recover in time for Chelsea and FIFA Club World Cup
Corinthians’ club physio has revealed that striker Emerson Sheik should be fit to play in the upcoming FIFA Club World Cup against potential opponents Chelsea.
Emerson was stretchered off after just 20 minutes of play in Corinthians’ 1-1 draw against Portuguesa on Sunday.
The veteran forward suffered a right knee injury early in the match, but an early assessment suggests Emerson will only need a month of recovery at most, meaning he should be able to play in December’s competition.
Julius Stancati, the club physio, said: "At first he will need a week. If it’s a more serious problem, it will be one month.
"The ligament stretched and returned. I do not think it's anything serious.
"He is in no danger whatsoever to the Club World Cup. An operation is not an option."
Emerson has been plagued with injuries this season, and as such is his importance to the team, coach Tite had planned to preserve the striker's fitness for the upcoming Club World Cup.
"I'm worried about Emerson," said the coach, "Notice that the pitch was hard, the input is strong, and we need to evaluate it. Hope it is not serious."
Corinthians are preparing for the Club World Cup, taking place in Japan, where English giants Chelsea could be among the teams the Brazilian side face in December.