Chelsea starlet Billy Gilmour set to be out for four months after knee operation as boss Frank Lampard hails Scottish teenager’s attitude
- Chelsea starlet Billy Gilmour has been ruled-out for ‘three to four months’
- The Scottish 19-year-old has been forced to undergo a knee operation
- Gilmour broke into the Blues first-team this season and has impressed
- Frank Lampard has backed Gilmour’s attitude to get him through the setback
Billy Gilmour’s rapid rise has now faced roadblock, with the Scottish teen ruled-out for four months after undergoing knee surgery.
The 19-year-old Scot has been one of the standout names in Frank Lampard’s youthful revolution at Chelsea after earning man of the match in his first Premier League start, a 4-0 win over Everton.
Gilmour impressed again as he was granted another start in the Blues’ 3-2 win over Crystal Palace on Tuesday but his game was cut short after picking up the injury with 10 minutes to go and being forced to limp off.
Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour is set for a long spell on the sidelines with a knee injury
The star picked up an injury with 10 minutes remaining in Chelsea’s 3-2 win over Crystal Palace
Frank Lampard will now be without the 19-year-old for Chelsea’s remaining four league games
‘Billy Gilmour had an operation on his knee this morning, so out for maybe 3-4 months,’ the Chelsea boss confirmed.
‘I am disappointed, as is he. I spoke with him yesterday and giving him support.
‘He is a tough boy, but he should be pleased with what he has done this season. His attitude will get him back as soon as he can.
Having made his debut this season, Gilmour has become a fan favourite in West London
‘His character for me is fantastic, especially with his age. He will put in the work and the rehab. We will be there for him.’
The teen will now miss Chelsea’s remaining four games in the Premier League, as they battle Leicester and Manchester United for a top-four spot.
Gilmour’s injury provides Lampard with another headache after N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic were ruled out of the trip to Selhurst Park.