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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard could allow Billy Gilmour to leave Stamford Bridge on loan in January.
The 19-year-old midfielder is nearing a return to the pitch following a horror knee injury, having impressed in his 11 appearances for the first team during the 2019/20 campaign.
However, as with Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Lampard might not have space in his midfield to help Gilmour come back into his plans slowly, which might mean he leaves on a temporary basis.
Another player who could be sent out on loan is Fikayo Tomori, who almost left in the summer.
The Athletic have reported via an agent that the young players who didn’t manage to leave over the last month will force a move away when the window reopens at the start 2021.
They are quoted as saying: "Younger lads that didn't go on loan will force a move.
"The Carabao Cup is out of the window for the next two months as the rounds have already been played.
"Fikayo Tomori and Billy Gilmour should go in January."
“Billy Gilmour has had an operation on his knee this morning,” Lampard said in July.
“Unfortunately we estimate he will be out for somewhere between three and four months.
“I am obviously very disappointed as we all are here, and Billy is himself. I spoke with him yesterday at length and just gave him support, being there for him.
“He is a tough boy, it has hit him hard, I get that particularly as a younger player who has just made a breakthrough in recent times and was doing so well, but it is part of football.
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“I tried to explain to him he should be very pleased with what he has done, the impact he has had this season anyway.”
Before saying of Tomori in September: “I think Tomori did really well [vs Liverpool], he hasn’t played for a while and it shows his fitness with the rest of the squad, and I was delighted with him.
“I hope he feels the trust in him. He showed that last year, starting last season’s pre-season as fifth centre-back in most people’s eyes and then playing 20-plus games for Chelsea, so I have got full confidence in him.”
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