Frank Lampard is ‘excited’ by the return of Billy Gilmour from injury and insists the youngster is going to be a big player for his Chelsea side.
The 19-year-old had two exceptional performances last season before the Premier League’s shutdown, before getting his place in the starting XI when football returned.
However, during Chelsea’s 3-2 win over Crystal Palace in July, Gilmour suffered a knee injury and required surgery on the issue.
But now the midfielder is back playing, firstly featuring for Scotland’s U21s, where he was sent off, and then playing 60 minutes for Chelsea’s U23s in the EFL Trophy on Wednesday night
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Lampard revealed that Gilmour will play for the Development Squad again on Sunday when they face Manchester City, before returning to the first team to fight for a place in the senior side.
“Billy is fit again,” Lampard said. “He played in the Papa John’s game and got good minutes and played well.
“He will play again at the weekend for the U23s. He is fit, but not match fit. That will be a short period because he is generally a fit boy.
“He made great strides in a short time last year. I put Billy in for a big part of the season because of the way he trained, I possibly held him back a bit at times. He put in some really good performances before his injury.
“We must put some context on it that he is still a young player. We have a lot of competition in the squad in that area, but I have absolute faith in Billy that he is going to be a big player for us for a long time to come.
“I am really excited to have him back fit.”