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Chelsea morning headlines as Frank Lampard receives Timo Werner boost ahead of Newcastle clash

Here are your Chelsea morning headlines for Saturday, November 21.

Frank Lampard unveils Billy Gilmour plan

After returning from a knee injury suffered back in July, Frank Lampard laid out the plans to reintegrate Billy Gilmour into the first-team set-up at Chelsea.

The 19-year-old produced two excellent performances before lockdown but then suffered the knee issue in a 3-2 win over Crystal Palace in July. He underwent surgery and has not featured since, but Lampard revealed this week that he is excited to have the young midfielder back in the fold.

“Billy is fit again,” Lampard said. “He played in the Papa John’s game and got good minutes and played well.

“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.

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“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.”

Timo Werner returns to training

Timo Werner returned to training on Friday after he missed Thursday’s session following his return from international duty with the German national team.

Werner had been in hot form prior to the international break, scoring five goals in his last four games. He then scored twice against Ukraine for Germany but was not a part of Chelsea’s training session on Thursday.

Lampard revealed that was due to a delay in getting results back from a coronavirus test upon his return to the club. By Friday, Werner had tested negative and was cleared to join up the first-team squad once more.

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