Chelsea rising star Billy Gilmour is unlikely to feature the rest of this season after picking up a knee injury in Tuesday’s 3-2 win over Crystal Palace, according to an increasing number of reports. While the injury doesn’t sound too big or too bad, with only a handful of games and a few weeks to go in Chelsea’s season, the 19-year-old is not expected to be able to recover in time.
Highly promising Academy midfielder Lewis Bate is one of the names in the running to replace Gilmour in the squad for the time being.
Gilmour had been featuring regularly for the first-team since just before the lockdown, and had started four of our last eight games in all competitions, coming on as substitute in two others, and pushing the likes of Jorginho way down the midfield pecking order.
Jorginho has been rumored to leave as a result, but will now be called back into action, especially if N’Golo Kanté and Mateo Kovačić continue to miss time. Kanté (hamstring) is not expected back until next week at the earliest, though Kovačić (Achilles) could be ready to play this weekend as Chelsea take on surprise package Sheffield United — though some reports paint a less rosy picture about the 26-year-old.