Tottenham manager Antonio Conte said that he’s “worried” about Oliver Skipp’s injury.

The midfielder has missed the last eight games in league and cup following a groin problem sustained in January.

Skipp last played as a second half substitute in the Premier League loss at Chelsea almost seven weeks ago, which has left Tottenham short in the midfield department.

Since the 21-year-old got injured, Rodrigo Bentancur arrived from Juventus on deadline day, but his recent injury meant that Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Harry Winks were Conte’s only fit midfielders for the trips to Leeds and Middlesbrough recently.

Ahead of the trip to Manchester United this weekend, Conte was asked whether he thinks that the boyhood Tottenham fan will be able to play again this season.

He said: “Yeah, for sure I am a bit worried. I’m a bit worried because he started with a groin pain and then now, we are talking about two months, two months and half, that he is out.

“For sure this is a problem. I am a bit worried, because in my mind, the mind of the player [Skipp], there was the desire to come back very soon, as soon as possible, but in this moment, if you ask me, a forecast about his return with the team, I don’t have an answer.”

Skipp was enjoying a fine first season in the first-team and the prospect of him playing alongside Bentancur is an exciting one, so his absence has been frustrating for all involved.




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