Chelsea decide view on recalling Billy Gilmour from Norwich loan after midfield injuries

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Chelsea may recall Billy Gilmour from his loan spell with Norwich if their injury crisis in midfield continues, reports claim. Thomas Tuchel has lost a number of his key men in the middle of the park at various points this season and as things stand, Chelsea are light in that department.

Their struggles have been evident in the past two games after the usually-solid Blues shipped six goals – three apiece against West Ham and Zenit St Petersburg.

While Chelsea’s defence has been questionable, the team are now lacking control in midfield, where the game can be won and lost.

The absence of N’Golo Kante has proved to be a bitter pill to swallow with Jorginho currently out of form.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is finally getting his big chance to shine but he too has now picked up an injury.

Mateo Kovacic has been sorely missed since he picked up a hamstring issue but the Blues were finally boosted by his return earlier this week.

But to Tuchel and Chelsea’s dismay, the Croatian has now tested positive for COVID-19, as he continues his period of isolation.

According to Goal, Chelsea could turn to their young academy star Gilmour if their problems continue.

The Blues have the option to cut his loan with strugglers Norwich short – if they wish to do so.

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There was talk that it could happen earlier in the season when the Scotsman was out of favour under order boss Daniel Farke.

Gilmour was left on the bench for six consecutive games towards the end of Farke’s tenure, which ended with a 2-1 win at Brentford.

But since Dean Smith’s arrival at the club, Gilmour has become the heartbeat of the Canaries’ midfield.

He has now started four consecutive matches against Southampton, Wolves, Newcastle and Tottenham respectively.

Having previously pulled Farke for a chat to discuss Gilmour’s lack of playing time, Tuchel issued a challenge to the Chelsea youngster to show character and turn things around in East Anglia. That is exactly what he has done.

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“I spoke to Daniel (Farke) and Billy (Gilmour) about the situation and we will make the decision in January,” Tuchel said last month.

“He left looking for more minutes and game time at another club and the challenge is for him to fight his way through.

“Things are not going as well as he perhaps hoped but it’s not the moment to cancel the whole project or open talks to bring him back.

“Sometimes these weeks and months arrive when the situation doesn’t seem to be going the right way – you just have to hang in there and show your quality and make sure you help your team, no matter how.

“That sharpens the character and I am sure it will be a big chapter in Billy’s career.”

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