Eddie Beach, the young Chelsea goalkeeper, has been ruled out of action for four weeks through illness, according to football.london.
The 20-year-old shot-stopper is currently on loan at National League side Gateshead but is now set for a spell on the sidelines.
Beach signed for The Heed in the January transfer window after fellow academy goalkeeper Ted Curd was recalled from his loan spell at Hashtag United.
Since his move to the north east, Beach has featured four times for Gateshead in the National League, where he has kept one clean sheet.
The Welshman, who signed for Chelsea in the summer of 2022 from Southampton, has been ill recently, though, and is now expected to be missing for The Heed for up to a month. Beach is rated highly by those at Chelsea, who were keen to keep him in and around the first-team squad for the first half of the season.
The plan was to always revisit his situation in the January transfer window and the Blues felt a loan move would be best for the Wales Under-21 international’s development.
In an exclusive interview withfootball.london last year, Beach spoke about how he has grown as a goalkeeper since he has been at Chelsea and making the most of the club’s facilities and expertise in his position.
“I’ve progressed massively,” he said. “The coaches at Chelsea are unreal; they look and identify things I had not even thought of before.
“That focus and me working one-on-one with the coaches, I’ve improved so much technically in four months. At the same time, I had lots of minutes for the Under-21s, which is such a talented team, and working with the first-team goalkeepers has been incredible. They are role models for me and being so close to the top, it does make you want it more.”
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