Frank Lampard calls up Chelsea academy star for Sheffield United clash after Billy Gilmour injury - football

Frank Lampard calls up Chelsea academy star for Sheffield United clash after Billy Gilmour injury

The Chelsea boss is light on midfield options going into the final few games (Picture: Getty)

Frank Lampard is set to include Chelsea academy starlet Lewis Bate in his matchday squad for Saturday?s trip to face Sheffield United after being dealt a double injury blow in midfield.

The Blues will be without both N?Golo Kante and Billy Gilmour for the clash at Bramall Lane, with the latter ruled out for as long as four months after requiring an operation on his knee.

Kante, meanwhile, remains sidelined with a hamstring injury, Mateo Kovacic has only just recovered from an achilles injury and Jorginho is yet to start a match since the season restarted.

Gilmour will miss the start of the 2020/21 season with a knee injury (Picture: Getty)
That has seen Lampard once again turn to Chelsea?s thriving academy for reinforcements, with reporting that young midfielder Bate will travel to Sheffield with the rest of the squad.

The 17-year-old has been a regular fixture in both the Under-18 and Under-23 sides this season and is widely regarded as the most promising player in his age group at the club.

He has been training with the first-team squad since lockdown restrictions started to ease, with Lampard clearly earmarking him as a player for the future ? though the Chelsea boss will not have expected to call on him so soon.

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