Alasdair Gold reveals what Spurs coaches said about Skipp before ‘freak’ injury

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Oliver Skipp
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Alasdair Gold has revealed the Tottenham coaching staff had ranked Oliver Skipp among the top two fittest players in the first-team squad before his freak injury a couple of weeks ago. 

After arguably being one of Spurs’ most consistent players in the first half of the 2021/22 campaign, Skipp missed almost the entirety of the second half of the season due to a pelvic injury.

The midfielder arrived a Hotspur Way for pre-season training a week earlier than the rest of his teammates in order to work on his fitness after recovering from his injury (Football.London).

However, the 21-year-old unfortunately suffered a hairline fracture in his heel after a freak incident in training last month, which left him with a deep cut in his foot.

The midfielder missed Tottenham’s final two pre-season friendlies and is also expected to be out of action for another three weeks (Football.London).

Gold has now revealed that Skipp was flying in pre-season before the injury and was considered to be one of the fittest players in the squad.

The journalist said on his latest YouTube video regarding the midfielder: “He got back and got really, really fit for pre-season and I’m told, the Spurs coaching staff had labelled him in the top two fittest in the squad.

“That’s where he was at in pre-season. He was absolutely flying, everyone was delighted with him and then just a freak incident. Jumping up for a header, then someone landing on him.”

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Had Skipp and Bissouma both been fully fit, it would have been interesting to see who Conte would have started against Southampton. The Italian’s choice has now been made straightforward by the fact that Bentancur and Hojbjerg are his only two senior midfielders who are at 100 per cent.

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