Antonio Conte has dropped an update on the current condition of Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Oliver Skipp.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of Spurs’ meeting with Leicester City on Sunday afternoon (via football.london), the Italian manager revealed that the 21-year-old’s surgery on his pubis injury went well, and that the England U21 international will be returning to first-team training this summer.
Regarding Skipp’s injury, the 52-year-old said: “I have spoken with the doctors and they said to me that the surgery was OK, it went well. For sure, Oliver will be ready for pre-season, for next season.
“It’s a pity because don’t forget that we lost two players in Skipp and Tanganga from January. We don’t have two reliable players like them and for sure it’s not good for me to manage the situation. This squad is not so deep so to lose two players that for us we’re talking about important players; it’s not good news.”
Considering the sheer amount of potential Skipp quite clearly possesses, the news that the midfielder’s surgery appears to have gone well is undoubtedly fantastic for everyone involved with Tottenham, not to mention being something that will leave supporters buzzing.
Indeed, despite his tender age, the £18m-rated talent has already made 51 appearances for the first-team, with the youngster looking to have been a particularly important part of Conte’s long-term plans in north London – featuring in all but one of the 14 fixtures in which he was available for selection following the Italian’s arrival at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
As such, while it is undoubtedly a huge blow to have lost the services of the £50k-per-week starlet for the remainder of their 2021/22 campaign, with it looking as if Skipp is in line to make a full recovery well before next season kick-offs, Conte and supporters can look forward to seeing the continued development of one of their most exciting young talents in the not too distant future.