Thomas Tuchel reacts as on-loan Billy Gilmour returns to Chelsea

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

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

Dean 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.

“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.

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’.

Blues manager Thomas Tuchel also alluded to this in his pre-match Spurs press conference on Tuesday, confirming that the youngster has only returned for injury reasons alone and nothing else.

Tuchel said: “First of all, we check his injury of course. He is our player and he is here to have the best examination.

“We can decide with him and Norwich about the treatment then take the decision but we have not discussed yet if he will stay or not.”