Chelsea Loanee Suffers Injury Returns For Assessment.

Chelsea loanee Billy Gilmour has returned to Cobham for an assessment on an ankle injury sustained during his Norwich City loan.

“Gilmour has an ankle injury that puts him out for three to four weeks,” Norwich boss Dean Smith said in his media conference ahead of Wednesday’s game away to West Ham.

“He’s gone back to Chelsea for them to assess it and I hope he’ll be back for treatment over the next few days.”

Gilmour has had an eventful loan spell so far, having struggled for regular game time under previous manager Daniel Farke before gradually forcing his way into Smith’s plans.

The 20-year-old has also been the victim of homophobic abuse by Liverpool fans and has also had to endure being booed by his own fans during the 3-0 defeat away to Crystal Palace on 28 December.

“I was disappointed with what I heard,” Smith said when reflecting on events at Selhurst Park.

“I didn’t hear it at the actual game, but I had family members in the stand. It was a minority, Billy knows that. My message to them is to stick with your team.

“I have spoken to Billy. He wants to prove people wrong and show what a player he is.

“He never shies away from wanting the ball at any opportunity. Has he been at the top of his game? No, but nor have Norwich City and that’s something that we both want to put right.

“Everybody within the dressing-room knows the value of Billy, but people have to remember he’s 20-years-old. He will keep working hard to get better.”

Unfortunately, that will have to wait. The full injury prognosis isn’t yet known but it is expected that that Scotland international will miss a month of the season.

Smith’s side will now be missing Gilmour for the game at the London Stadium, as well as a number of other fixtures, as they look to pick up points and move out of the relegation zone

On the bright side for the current Premier League relegation favourites, it seems as though the Blues cannot recall their young midfielder back from his indifferent loan period, as confirmed by Eastern Daily Press reporter Conor Southwell.

His tweet on the situation read: ‘Smith rules out a return to CFC for Billy Gilmour.’

‘He has met the threshold of games played, meaning there is no recall option. NCFC

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