Chelsea and Scotland teen Billy Gilmour says dealing with injury was tough – but he’s now looking for more memories like the ones he made against Liverpool.
The midfielder enjoyed a breakthrough season last term, featuring 11 times for Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge. He properly made his name known during the FA Cup win over Liverpool, in which he was named Man of the Match.
Gilmour has opened up on that contest: “I loved the game. It really gave my confidence to go and push for more minutes and more experience with the first team. Everything just went right for me – I was getting on the ball, playing well and we beat a top team with top players.
“I’m a big believer that if you train well, you’ll always get your opportunity and then you have to take it.”
His 2019/20 term would come to a tough end though as he tore his meniscus in July, only returning last month. Gilmour’s opened up on this ordeal: “It was difficult. After having the operation, I just missed football so much and wanted to get back as quickly as possible.
“I’d never had that time away from it before and especially during lockdown, I couldn’t really do anything. I had just moved into my own place and you want to do stuff around the house but you can’t when you’ve only got one leg and you’re hopping around on crutches.
“It was the worst feeling ever but the physios really helped me a lot to get my leg and knee stronger. I still need to keep on top of the exercises to make sure the knee stays mobile and strong but it’s completely fine now.”