It’s expected that the London giants will add to their squad this summer, so it’s important for the current squad to impress in the last few matches of the campaign. Billy Gilmour has been talked about as a great talent for a while, but he’s still young and the English manager has been slowly introducing him to the first team.
It looked like he was set to get a regular run of games in the first team between now and the end of the campaign, so this injury has come at the worst possible time. It sounds like a bad knee injury that could keep him out for up to three months, so this could also have a knock-on effect into the next campaign too.
It could rule him out of any pre-season matches so that immediately puts him on the back foot, while it could also make it tough to secure a loan move if Blues wanted him to go out and gain more experience for next campaign.
The report confirms that Billy needs surgery and it sounds like the three-month diagnosis is a worst-case scenario, so hopefully he manages to come back to fitness sooner than expected.
Chelsea boss is set to include Blues academy starlet Lewis Bate in his matchday squad for Saturday’s trip to face Sheffield United after being dealt a double injury blow in midfield. Chelsea will be without both N’Golo Kante and Billy for the clash at Bramall Lane, with the latter, ruled out for as long as four months after requiring an operation on his knee.