Oliver Skip looks set to miss a significant, if not all, of the Spurs’ preseason after suffering a disappointing blow this week.
The 20-year-old graduate of the Hotspur Way Academy is enjoying a brilliant season on loan at Norwich City, where he is helping with their second promotion to the Premier League in three years.
On Tuesday night against Reading, Skip was limping in time with something that looked like a leg problem, and now the extent of the injury has been revealed.
Now his season is over.
Will Skipp be at the start of the XI Spurs next season?
YES – 100%!
HE WILL BE IN THE FOAM
Speaking to local reporters, Canary Island chief Daniel Fark said:
“[It is] great concern. It was quite painful for him and the first assessment of our physiotherapy was that they were not so optimistic about it. It looks like a big injury. Right now, too early to make a firm prediction. We have to keep evaluating it for the next few days, but it was quite painful.
“It’s a shame because he was amazing this season. One of our outstanding players. All our thoughts are with him and we hope he will be able to be fit for the new season.
“It’s a problem with his leg. We think it could break. “
Since then, the spurs themselves have confirmed that Skip did indeed break his metatarsal bone and underwent surgery to repair the broken bone.
May affect plans
Given that he has gone under the knife, it is very likely that Skip will be in recovery and rehabilitation for most of the summer and this will certainly prevent his chances of getting Tottenham to resign from the next term.
The young midfielder has been praised as the club’s “future captain” and has been impressed by Carrow Road this term.
He is widely expected to be on the first team in the near future, and you would imagine that whoever is in charge of the Spurs came in the summer, would like to take a good look at him to see if he really has the potential to strengthen in the Premier League.
Skip played the second biggest minute (3,863) for Norwich this season, so that only tells you how decisive he was for their fate. In addition, his teammate Kenny McLean explained how integral he was on the sidelines, he said Sky Sports:
“It makes my job a lot easier, I’ll tell you that. He is exceptional throughout the season and we are lucky to have him honestly. For this level he is very exceptional and a huge career awaits him. “
The 5-foot-9 Dynamo could be the perfect partner for the ever-present Pierre-Emile Heuberger at the heart of the Spurs midfield.
There are doubts about the future of Harry Winx and Dele Ali; Musa Sisoko does not get younger at 31, and Tangui Ndombele and Giovanni Lo Celso are better developed in more advanced roles.
However, if Skip misses the preseason – or at least the beginning of the next era in the next appointment of Daniel Levy, as expected now after his operation – then the Spurs may want to seek support in the transfer market and this would deal a crushing blow to his prospects in N17.
Skipp has played 23 times for the Spurs since his debut in October 2018 and will undoubtedly be a big player for Lilywhites in the coming years.
This injury is obviously unfortunate for the player, but it is also a severe failure for the next Spurs manager, whoever he may be, as he may fail to properly consider Skip’s credentials, which in turn will affect plans for next season. .
The new manager will always want to take a personal look at his new players, especially the highly touted youngster, but it seems that anyone who takes on the Spurs horizon may have to wait a while before evaluating Skip up close.
This is a blow to the current manager, as he would like to have as much information as possible about the players and his team entering the dugout in their first season, but alas, it seems that he will have to be content with watching replays of Skipp’s performances of Norwich to decide whether he feels good enough or should enter the transfer market.
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