Antonio Conte has revealed that he was happy to see Djed Spence, Oliver Skipp and Matt Doherty get some minutes under their belt during the international break.

Neither Skipp nor Doherty have started a single game in the Premier League or Champions League so far this season, while Spence has never made the XI for the Lilywhites. 

While the midfielder suffered a freak foot injury during pre-season, Conte has continued to suggest over recent weeks that the right-back’s omission is down to him not having reached full fitness following the knee injury he picked up in April (Football London).

However, the former Wolves man started for the Republic of Ireland in their Nations League clashes against Scotland and Armenia, and got plaudits from the Irish press for his performance in the latter (The Irish Times).

Meanwhile, Skipp got 71 minutes under his belt as England Under-21s beat Italy 2-0 last week and had a cameo from the bench in their 3-1 win over the Germans on Tuesday, even grabbing a late assist. Djed Spence also started for the Young Lions against Italy.

Speaking about the trio, Conte told SpursPlay (as relayed by Football.London): “For Skippy, it was important. It was the same for Matthew, for Spence to play games and, for sure, Skippy played his last game in January and has been suffering a bit to find again his physical condition.

“But we are talking about a really good guy with a great desire, great will and it was important for him to play one game and then 20 minutes in the second game.”

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With games coming thick and fast in October, Conte certainly needs the likes of Skipp and Doherty to play a big role. I am hopeful that we will see Doherty get his first start against Brighton next week if not in the Champions League clash in Germany on Tuesday.

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