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Chelsea confirm 24-man squad for Super Cup, including late addition Billy Gilmour

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Billy G in the house!

Liverpool v Chelsea: UEFA Super Cup Press Conferen Photo by Darren Walsh - Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

Billy Gilmour was not on the plane to Istanbul with the rest of the Chelsea squad on Monday, and he was not on the initial list of players communicated by the club. And there was good reason for that: he was with the Development Squad in Derby, playing a PL2 match against Derby County’s reserves (and winning 1-0).

But by Tuesday, young Billy, who served notice of his budding stardom in preseason, was very much with the team in training, as the Blues got ready to face Liverpool in Wednesday night’s UEFA Super Duper Cup dance-off. With the teams allowed to name up to 12 substitutes, the 18-year-old is set to be included, even if he’s unlikely to play.

Conspicious by its absence, the only surprise absentee is midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko (whose place Gilmour is ostensibly taking). Bakayoko looks set to leave, probably on loan, before the end of the month.

The full 24-man squad, as confirmed by the Chelsea website, is as follows:

GOALKEEPERS: Arrizabalaga, Caballero, Cumming

DEFENDERS: Alonso, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Emerson, Rudiger, Tomori, Zappacosta, Zouma

MIDFIELDERS: Barkley, Gilmour, Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, Mount

FORWARDS: Abraham, Batshuayi, Giroud, Kenedy, Pedro, Pulisic, Willian