Journalist Paul Brown has highlighted the issue of Oliver Skipp being injured for Conte with the uncertainty surrounding his return date.
Oliver Skipp has been side-lined due to injury for Tottenham Hotspur since January 20th when his side faced Chelsea in the Premier League. Skipp was proving to be a regular in the starting XI for Spurs before his injury, as he made 28 appearances in all competitions.
The English midfielder came through the youth academy and his performances this season have led to the signing of a new contract with the club, which will see him stay until at least 2027.
With Skipp set to miss the remainder of the season through injury, Paul Brown highlighted to GiveMeSport how much of an issue this is for Antonio Conte.
“It’s a bit of a worry. I think they were hoping to have him back, Conte never seemed confident, but there was a window a few weeks ago where Skipp looked like he might be able to return before the end of the season. Nobody really knows the extent, but it’s a worry that they were hoping to have him back and now he’s not available,” Brown said.
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TIF Thoughts on Paul Brown’s comments…
Oliver Skipp was impressive for Spurs in the first half of the season, which is what led to him signing a new long-term deal at the club, so it will be a huge blow for Conte to be without him for the remainder of the season.
Spurs currently sit 5th in the Premier League, two points behind rivals Arsenal, and with the north London derby coming up, this game is huge in the race for the top four.
Skipp impressed whilst on loan last season for Norwich in the Championship, he featured 45 times in the league, and was crucial in the promotion back to the Premier League, so it would have been disappointing for the 21-year-old that he couldn’t follow that up with another full season of football.