CONOR GALLAGHER has been extremely impressive on loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea this season, and has even been rewarded with a place in the England squad.
Chelsea’s growing injury list has led to speculation that Gallagher could return to Stamford Bridge in January, however reports suggest he will stay at Selhurst Park.
Gallagher is understood to be ready to return to his boyhood club Chelsea he should be called, but don’t expect the phone to ring.
Thomas Tuchel although it may have been tempting to recall Gallagher because of the number of Chelsea stars currently in the treatment room at their Cobham base.
That’s after Gallagher has contributed four goals and three assists in 14 Premier League games this season from midfield.
And it’s in the middle of the park, where Tuchel currently lacks options.
Ben Chilwell’s injury and a light hit with Marcos Alonso also meant that naturalized midfielder Saul had to be positioned at left-back.
Reece James plays in midfield from the right, a position he played on loan at Wigan for the 2018/19 season.
Kovacic meanwhile returned to training after a six-week break due to injury, but tested positive for Covid-19 just one DAY after returning to the lawn.
No timeline has been given for when Jorginho, Kante and Loftus-Cheek will return, but Gallagher’s recall has yet to be mentioned.
All three are likely to miss Saturday’s clash with Leeds, though, with Kovacic certain to be absent.
Last month Tuchel was asked about whether recalling Gallagher was an option, with the Blues boss saying: “Actually I haven’t thought of that. I think it’s important that he be happy at where he is and doesn’t change things.
“It’s important to stay calm, I feel he’s happy there and he’s having this impact at Crystal Palace.
“It’s too early to talk about that in public before we talk to Conor himself and what his goals are.
“This will happen in the summer because we all agree with the decision to send him to Palace.”
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https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/16997540/gallagher-return-chelsea-january-crystal-injury-crisis/ Conor Gallagher ‘does not expect to return to Chelsea in January from Crystal Palace loan move’ despite injury crisis