After making his impressive breakthrough last season, a knee injury which required surgery in July ended Gilmour’s campaign early.
The midfielder spent four months on the sidelines but finally made his first-team return for Chelsea as a late substitute in their 4-0 victory over Sevilla in the Champions League on Wednesday evening.
Lampard admits Gilmour faces a fight to secure a regular role in Chelsea’s midfield due to the lack of injuries and strong competition for places ahead of his side’s clash with Leeds United on Saturday.
But the Chelsea manager has earmarked his side’s final Champions League group game at home to Krasnodar next week as a potential opportunity for Gilmour to receive more playing time.
Asked if Gilmour will be handed more minutes in the coming weeks with Chelsea’s busy fixture schedule, Lampard replied: ‘Yeah, possibly.
‘I mean, we are competitive in midfield, as I mentioned, we don’t have injuries at the moment so the numbers mean that some players miss out on squads, and some will do tomorrow [against Leeds].
‘But the quality of Billy hopefully means he will get some minutes, particularly when we look at the Champions League game coming up in midweek and what’s on that game.
‘But obviously there competition in that area, so we’ll have to see.’