Billy Gilmour Injury: a disaster for Chelsea
Billy Gilmour has suffered a knee injury and will be a doubt for Chelsea’s Premier League trip to Sheffield United on Saturday for Premier League clash at Bramall Lane, the PA news agency understands.
The 19-year-old Scottish midfielder started Chelsea’s 3-2 win at Crystal Palace on Tuesday, but his absence for this weekend means a midfield rethink for Lampard.
Gilmour has enjoyed an impressive breakthrough campaign at Chelsea, with the former Rangers youth star exuding calmness and quality on the ball at Premier League level.
The severity of Gilmour’s injury is unclear but it is not expected to keep him out beyond the short-term. Lampard is likely to provide further information when he speaks to the media today afternoon.
It does, however, pose a selection headache for Saturday’s game as N’Golo Kante could yet miss the Blades encounter, with France’s World Cup-winning midfielder battling to shake off a hamstring issue.
Chelsea will want the teen sensation back in action as soon as possible, especially in light of their other midfield injury issues.
Billy Gilmour Injury: Chelsea to boost squad with a returning star
Frank Lampard may face a selection dilemma in midfield for Chelsea’s trip to Sheffield United amid reports that Billy Gilmour could be set for a spell on the sidelines.
Jorginho made his first appearance since the league’s resumption when replacing Gilmour late on in Tuesday’s win at Selhurst Park.
The £58million signing from Napoli two years ago has fallen out of favour in recent weeks with Lampard insisting he was being kept on the bench for tactical reasons having been close to an ever-present pre-lockdown.
Yet the Italian temporarily calmed proceedings in a rollercoaster game at Selhurst Park that saw Chelsea leapfrog Leicester into third position. In more promising news, centre back Fikayo Tomori has resumed training.
Jorginho could step up to start should both Gilmour and Kante remain sidelined this weekend.
but Frank Lampard has been boosted by Mateo Kovacic returning to training, he will hope to have Mateo Kovacic available again after a calf complaint, however, and a return for the Croatia star would ease the Chelsea boss’ midfield concerns.