Lam­pard must jug­gle Chelsea mid­field af­ter Gil­mour ruled out

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport | Football - By Sam Dean

Chelsea mid­fielder Billy Gil­mour could miss the rest of the sea­son with a knee in­jury, leav­ing Frank Lam­pard with a mount­ing se­lec­tion prob­lem in mid­field.

Gil­mour, who has started two of Chelsea’s past four matches in all com­pe­ti­tions, was sub­sti­tuted af­ter 80 min­utes of his side’s 3-2 win at Crys­tal Palace on Tues­day.

Lam­pard is also ex­pected to be with­out mid­field­ers N’Golo Kante, with a ham­string prob­lem, and Ma­teo Ko­vacic, suf­fer­ing an in­jured Achilles, ahead of to­mor­row’s meet­ing with Sheffield United.

Gil­mour, 19, has been one of the break­out stars of the sec­ond half of Chelsea’s cam­paign, im­press­ing in mid­field be­fore foot­ball’s sus­pen­sion in March.

The teenager’s in­jury is likely to pro­vide more op­por­tu­ni­ties for Jorginho, who has not started a match for Chelsea since Fe­bru­ary. Jorginho made his first ap­pear­ance since the lock­down, when he re­placed Gil­mour at Sel­hurst Park.

Lam­pard still has Ruben Lof­tusCheek, Ma­son Mount and Ross Barkley at his dis­posal for the trip to Bra­mall Lane to­mor­row.

The full ex­tent of Gil­mour’s knee in­jury is not yet clear but it is feared he will miss the rest of the cam­paign.

Chelsea have four league games re­main­ing and face Manch­ester United in their FA Cup semi-fi­nal this month.

Jorginho has fallen out of favour at Chelsea and has been linked with a re­turn to Italy, but he was praised by Lam­pard for his role when he came on for Gil­mour.

“He came on and showed per­son­al­ity, and we were lack­ing per­son­al­ity at that point,” Lam­pard said. “He got on the ball, moved it about and then you have con­trol and you can force them back. The rea­son I played Billy does not mean any­thing for the fu­ture of Jorginho.

“We saw the im­pact Jorginho had in calm­ing the team down and mak­ing passes. I know he can give us that and he will con­tinue to give us that.”

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