The on-loan Norwich City midfielder Oliver Skipp has suffered what looks to be a long-term injury.
That’s according to Daniel Farke, who, speaking after the Canaries’ 4-1 win over Reading on Saturday, stated his belief that Skipp may have suffered a season-ending knock in the match.
As cited by the Eastern Daily Press, Farke said: “Our physios’ first assessment was that they are not that optimistic for him. It seems like a major injury. It is a shame because he was unbelievable this season. One of our outstanding players. It is an issue with his foot. We think it could be broken.”
Since joining Norwich on a season-long loan deal last year, Skipp has been in remarkable form over his 45 Championship appearances for Farke’s side, with the 20-year-old midfielder making an average of 1.1 interceptions, 2.2 tackles and 0.6 key passes per game, culminating in a highly impressive average SofaScore match rating of 7.02 – ranking him as the second tier champions’ 10th-best player.
As a result of this fine form, it has been widely reported that Norwich would like to re-sign the £7.2 million-rated man on a new loan deal this summer, in order to retain his services for the Canaries’ top-flight campaign.
However, should Skipp’s injury turn out to be as serious as Farke believes it to be, this could represent a rather huge blow to Norwich’s chances of landing the England U21 international once again, as, regardless of whether or not Tottenham Hotspur would consider letting the midfielder leave north London this summer, Skipp could be ruled out well into the new campaign.
As such, Farke and Norwich fans alike will be gutted about the 20-year-old’s injury, and will undoubtedly be hoping that knock is not as bad as first feared, or else Stuart Webber will have to turn his focus elsewhere in the summer transfer window in a bid to provide the Canaries with greater depth in the middle of the park.