Chelsea can take another huge step towards sealing a top-four spot in the Premier League when they face Sheffield United on Saturday evening.
Frank Lampard’s side head to Bramall Lane on the back of a win over Crystal Palace last time out – a result coupled with Leicester City dropping points has moved them up to third in the table with four games remaining.
However, they will face a stern test against a United side that has rediscovered their pre-lockdown form with two wins from their last three games.
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Ahead of this evening’s clash against the Blades, the Blues have been rocked by the loss of wonderkid Billy Gilmour who is set to miss the rest of the season after knee surgery.
“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 confirmed in his pre-match press conference on Friday. “I’m obviously very disappointed as we all are here and of course Billy himself.
“I spoke with him yesterday at length, just giving him support and being there for him.
“He’s a tough boy, but it did hit him hard especially as a younger player who has just made a breakthrough in recent times and was doing well.
“The small bonus is 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.”
N’Golo Kante and central defender Fikayo Tomori have also been ruled out, but the latter is making good progress and should be available before the season concludes.
The good news is that Lampard can call upon Mateo Kovacic once again after the Croatia international missed the Watford and Crystal Palace wins with an Achilles problem.
Whether he’s recalled to the starting line-up remains to be seen as Jorginho is pushing for a start.