Billy Gilmour’s debut season for Chelsea looks to be over after the teenage Scot picked up a knee injury.
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The 19-year-old missed training yesterday after picking up the knock in the 3-2 win at Crystal Palace on Tuesday, and is expected to be out for at last three or four matches.
It is a major blow for Chelsea manager Frank Lampard and his side’s Champions League hopes, with N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic sidelined with injury problems.
Gilmour was preferred to experienced £57million Italian international Jorginho for Tuesday’s win but was taken off late in the game and is now rated a major doubt for the rest of the campaign.
Chelsea have four league games to go plus their FA Cup campaign, which sees them meet Manchester United in the semi-final on Sunday week. They also have their Champions League last-16 second leg against Bayern Munich on August 7.
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Former Glasgow Rangers youngster Gilmour was given his debut by Lampard in August and the impressive Scottish youngster has since clocked up six starts across all competitions and shown immense promise.
Jorginho, unhappy at not starting a game since the lockdown, is now set to get a run of games.
His former manager Maurizio Sarri at Juventus wants to take the playmaker to Italy, but the Italian club prefer a swap deal, which Chelsea are not keen on.
Meanwhile, Inter Milan area ready to offer a £30million double package for Chelsea’s Italian left back Emerson – and France striker Olivier Giroud.
The Italian club, as well as Juventus, have a long standing interest in Emerson, who has fallen down the pecking order at Chelsea under Lampard, with Marcos Alonso and even Cesar Azpilicueta preferred in the position, and the club also chasing Leicester’s Ben Chilwell as a possible summer signing.
Giroud is also a major interest for Inter’s former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.
The Frenchman, 33, who scored Chelsea’s opening goal at Palace, signed a new one year deal in April, but Chelsea could still be tempted to sell.
Inter had agreed terms with Giroud in January on a move, but Chelsea blocked the deal because they were unable to sign a replacement.
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