GIANFRANCO Zola could face a club-or-country dilemma after being injured in action for FA Cup finalists Chelsea but insists: 'I'm desperate to play for Italy against Poland next week.' Zola has promised Chelsea manager Ruud Gullit he will take no risks with his fitness for the big Wembley occasion against Middlesbrough on May 17 but is already convinced the injury, a stretched thigh muscle, is not serious enough to threaten his appearance in the final. But Zola knows that, at 31 in July, he cannot assume an automatic right to his international place for next summer's World Cup finals in France. He has to keep producing the goods for Italy as he did with the winner against England at Wembley in February because fast-rising Juventus star Alessandro del Piero is eager to supercede him. Pin-up boy del Piero, 22, has often replaced Zola as a substitute in recent international games and already has 14 caps. Gullit, who still believes Zola has little chance of being fit for Wednesday's World Cup Group 2 qualifier in Naples, was happy for his mercurial GBP4.5 million forward to link up with the Italian squad in Rome. Gullit said: 'This way he will be able to have treatment every day from the Italian team doctors and that is good for Chelsea.' Zola said: 'The FA Cup Final is not for some weeks yet and I promised myself a month to prepare for it so that I could play my best. I love the idea of going back to Wembley and scoring for Chelsea like I did for Italy.' Meanwhile, Gullit claims it would not be a disaster for Chelsea if they lost Zola for a spell and even for the final against Middlesbrough and his compatriots Fabrizio Ravanelli and Gianluca Festa. 'Of course, Zola gives something extra to the team but I have players who can replace him. He played very well against Wimbledon and he entertains the crowd with what he can do. 'But, for me, Andy Myers and Mark Nicholls were our best players. There are many to choose from now until the final. I am happy to have a selection problem. 'I expected Middlesbrough to win their replay but although I can now see there being a lot written about all the foreign players who will play on both sides in the final, I don't think it matters. 'It could just as easily be an Englishman who stars on the day.'