Frank Lampard confirms lengthy lay-off for Chelsea’s Gilmour following knee operation

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has revealed that midfield; Billy Gilmour faces a four-month spell on the sidelines following knee surgery.

The 19-year-old has enjoyed a successful transition into the senior set-up at Stamford Bridge, making 11 appearances in total

The 19-year-old was hurt after a collision with Luka Milivojevic during the Blues’ 3-2 Premier League win over Crystal Palace on Tuesday. “Billy Gilmour’s had an operation on his knee this morning, unfortunately.

And speaking ahead of the Blues’ trip to Sheffield United on Saturday – live on talk SPORT – Lampard revealed the extent of the injury Gilmour suffered at Selhurst Park.

“Billy Gilmour has had an operation on his knee this morning, so he will be out we estimate somewhere between three and four months unfortunately,” Lampard explained.

“I’m obviously very disappointed as we all are here and of course Billy himself.

“I spoke with him yesterday at length, and giving him support.

“He’s a tough boy, it hit him hard especially as a young boy who has just made a breakthrough.

“But I told him he should be very pleased with what he’s done and the impact he’s had this season anyway. His attitude will get him back as quickly as he can.”

He added:

“His character for me is fantastic, particularly with his age, to get himself around the first-team squad and push himself into the team.

“I’m sure he’ll do everything right, put in the work and the rehab, and he has a very close-knit family around him who will help. But we’re his family too, so we’ll be there for him.

“Hopefully it will cover a period of the close season and into pre-season, so hopefully he’s not missing as many games as he might have done.”

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