Scotland starlet Billy Gilmour has taken a step into U23s football again with Chelsea as he looks to maintain his match fitness.
The teenage midfielder burst onto the scene at Chelsea last season with 11 promising appearances before a knee injury in the summer. He returned in November but the departure of Frank Lampard as manager has limited his minutes.
Since Thomas Tuchel arrived as Blues manager, Gilmour has not featured in the Premier League, but has started every FA Cup match so far. The midfielder was heavily linked with a loan move away from London in the winter window.
Tuchel refused to let him leave as he looked to have him as a member of his squad but chances have been limited for the Scotsman so far.
There have been calls for Gilmour to be introduced to Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad ahead of Euro 2020 but there is strong competition in midfield, the likes of David Turnbull and Ryan Gauld also pushing for maiden calls.
But minutes at youth level are not likely to help Gilmour’s case. He featured for 90 minutes as the Blues youth side drew 1-1 with Leicester City. George McEachran put Gilmour’s side ahead before half time but Leicester drew level 13 minutes via a nice Tyrese Shade effort.
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