Skipp ruled out for the rest of Spurs' season with a groin injury

Oliver Skipp will miss the rest of Tottenham’s season as Spurs confirm the midfielder has undergone surgery on a groin injury in huge blow to Antonio Conte’s push for top four

  • Oliver Skipp has been ruled out of the rest of Spurs’ season with a groin injury
  • The 21-year-old underwent surgery on the groin issue in America on Tuesday
  • He will miss Tottenham’s last five Premier League games of the campaign
  • The news will come as a huge blow to Antonio Conte and his top-four push 

Oliver Skipp will miss the remainder of Tottenham’s season after the north London club confirmed he underwent surgery for a groin problem in America on Tuesday.

The news will come as a massive blow to Antonio Conte and his push for a top-four finish given how Spurs have limited options when it comes to centre midfielders.

Conte revealed earlier this month that the 21-year-old was ‘very, very close’ to returning to the squad after a long-term pelvic injury, which has ruled him out since January.

Oliver Skipp has been ruled out of the remainder of  Tottenham’s season with a groin injury

It looked as if the midfielder would make a comeback this season after he returned to training but suffered a setback when he felt discomfort in his groin. 

And with the problem still persisting, Skipp has now had surgery on the groin issue and will play no further part in the club’s final push to secure Champions League football for next season.

The north London club said in a statement on Tuesday: ‘We can confirm that Oliver Skipp has undergone surgery in America this morning (Tuesday 26 April) to repair a pubis injury and will be out for the remainder of the season.

‘The academy graduate, 21, will now undergo a period of recovery and is expected to return to training for the pre-season period.’

The news will come as a huge blow to Antonio Conte and his push to finish in the top four

Skipp became an integral player under Conte during the few two months of his arrival in north London and was recently given a new five-year deal as a result.

He has made 52 appearances for Spurs since emerging from their academy to make his senior debut in October 2018 and has also featured 28 times under Conte and predecessor Nuno Espirito Santo this season. 

After signing his extension, Skipp said: ‘You can never have thought that young boy walking through at six/seven and signing at Under-9s would get to this stage, so I’m delighted to sign this new deal. 

‘It’s something that I’m grateful for. I think it means a lot when you’ve grown up at this club, my whole family support the club. It means a lot when you step out in front of the crowd.

Skipp has become an important member of Spurs’ senior side in the 2021-22 campaign

‘I’ve missed that feeling obviously in the last few months! But it’s something that I’m pushing to feel again.’ 

Having played a bit-part role in his first two years with the senior side, Skipp headed out on loan to Norwich last term and impressed, appearing in 45 of their 46 league matches and being included in the PFA Championship Team of the Season. 

He then returned to Spurs last summer and was brought into the starting XI by Espirito Santo, starting eight out of 10 Premier League games under the Portuguese before he was dismissed in October.

Conte has taken a liking to Skipp, starting the youngster in six of his first 10 league outings and tipping him to go on and become a ‘top midfielder’ in the future. 

Skipp put pen to paper on a new five-year contract with Tottenham last week

The Italian said about him back in December: ‘This player, without the ball, he works very, very hard. To have him in the midfield together with Hobby [Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg] is very, very important.

‘For sure, the part that he has to improve is with the ball but in one month I have seen a lot of improvement about Skippy. He’s a player who wants to improve.

‘I think that the present and the future depends on him. If he wants to become a top midfielder. He could become a top midfielder, but he has to continue to work. He has this will, this desire to become an important player for Tottenham and for the present and for the future.’

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