The severity of Gilmour’s injury is unclear but it is not expected to keep him out beyond the short-term. Lampard is likely to provide further information when he speaks to the media tomorrow afternoon.
It does, however, pose a selection headache for Saturday’s game as N’Golo Kante remains out with a hamstring injury and is expected to return next week.
Gilmour’s breakthrough has been one of the feelgood stories of Chelsea’s campaign, with man of the match performances against Liverpool and Everton pre-lockdown bringing the former Glasgow Rangers player to wider prominence.
He was hooked at half-time of the FA Cup quarter-final win away to Leicester City after struggling with the tempo of the game but was surprisingly favoured over Jorginho on Tuesday night with Kante out because of the hamstring strain picked up late in the 3-0 win over Watford last weekend.
As a result, Jorginho now appears likely to make his first start since the restart against Chris Wilder’s team in the Saturday evening kick-off.
The £58million signing from Napoli two years ago has fallen out of favour in recent weeks with Lampard insisting he was being kept on the bench for tactical reasons having been close to an ever-present pre-lockdown.
Yet the Italian temporarily calmed proceedings in a rollercoaster game at Selhurst Park that saw Chelsea leapfrog Leicester into third position. In more promising news, centre back Fikayo Tomori has resumed training.