Tottenham midfielder Oliver Skipp is no closer to making a return from injury, The Evening Standard have reported.
The Lowdown: Skipp’s absence
The 21-year-old had been a regular when fit this season, making 28 appearances in all competitions. However, he hasn’t featured since February due to a groin problem which has ruled him out of Spurs’ last 11 games.
Antonio Conte was hoping to have the midfielder available for the match against Newcastle following the international break, but that now looks unlikely.
The Latest: Skipp still sidelined
The Evening Standard shared a story on Monday, looking at both Ben Davies and Skipp. The former recently pulled out of the Wales squad as a precaution after feeling tightness in his quad during a 2-1 win over Austria.
He could well make the clash with Newcastle, but the report added that Skipp’s hopes of being fit for the meeting with Eddie Howe’s side on Sunday are ‘all but over’ as he is yet to return to training.
The Verdict: Caution needed
Skipp’s complicated injury is thought to be the result of playing so much football over the past 18 months. Therefore, when the 21-year-old is available for selection, Conte could decide to be careful with the midfielder.
Spurs’ medical chiefs can use Leeds star Patrick Bamford as a perfect example of too much too soon, with the striker suffering a recurrence of a foot problem which will now keep him out for a further six weeks.
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Nobody at Tottenham will want that to happen with Skipp, so caution will be required over the coming weeks.
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