Oliver Skipp: Tottenham’s long-awaited return ‘felt really good’ after injury hell

A pelvic injury derailed what had been a breakthrough campaign for the midfielder, putting him out of action from January as Antonio Conte’s side qualified for the Champions League.

The Italian is a huge admirer of the England U21 international and has grown increasingly frustrated with his absence.

“I’m sorry but I can’t answer that question either,” Conte said in March when asked about Skipp’s physical condition.

“It’s the first time that I have a situation where I don’t know.

“He’s a player we need, but at the moment no one has tried to tell me when he’s ready. Also for the player, they’re really frustrated, he’s young and a very good guy.

It came after the former Chelsea boss appeared to question his own medical service after an FA Cup defeat at Middlesbrough.

“It’s a shame, I think, that in England you sometimes have a conference with the medical service,” he said.

“Doctors, it’s too easy for doctors to work here, because they don’t talk, they don’t explain what’s going on! Sometimes I think it could be good, one day, if in two weeks, to have a good press conference with the medical service to explain the situation of the players, the situation in which they are trying to take care of their players. It’s too easy for the medical department in England, I think so.

“Skipp is not ready, he has this groin pain problem, he is fighting and he could recover before but maybe something was wrong, and now we have to wait.”

Despite the signings of Rodrigo Bentancur and Yves Bissouma, Skipp is expected to play a key role in managing Conte for the first full season as Spurs look to be challenged on multiple fronts.

Sentenced to a 45-minute run in Seoul, Conte revealed he was impressed with what he saw from Skipp and the player himself spoke of his joy at returning to action.

“It was really good to be back there. It’s been a long time, so it was great to have those minutes and to be back with the team, to be here, 11 against 11, c was really nice,” he told the club’s official news channel.

“It’s amazing, the support we’ve had from everyone since we’ve been here, amazing. The whole team has felt the love from everyone in Korea, so we’re really grateful.


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