Tottenham midfielder Oliver Skipp was ruled out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a pubis injury this month, but Antonio Conte has now revealed the operation went well.
Skipp, 21, successfully went under the knife last Tuesday after travelling to the United States and will now embark on a period of rehabilitation ahead of a scheduled return for pre-season.
The England U21 international has not featured for Spurs since January after picking up a pelvic problem in the 2-0 defeat at Chelsea, before suffering an infection which stunted his return date (Football.London).
He briefly returned to outdoor training ahead of Tottenham’s win over Aston Villa this month, but saw his comeback delayed again after reporting discomfort while out on the pitches at the club’s Hotspur Way training centre (Evening Standard).
Skipp has enjoyed a breakout campaign with Spurs after completing a successful loan spell with Norwich last season. He will conclude his season having made 28 appearances in all competitions, with 18 coming in the Premier League (Transfermarkt).
Speaking about Skipp’s injury, the surgery, and the depth of the Spurs squad, Conte said (Football London): “I have spoken with the doctors and they said to me that the surgery was OK, it went well. For sure, Oliver will be ready for pre-season, for next season.
“It’s a pity because don’t forget that we lost two players in Skipp and Tanganga from January. We don’t have two reliable players like them and for sure it’s not good for me to manage the situation.
“This squad is not so deep so to lose two players that for us we’re talking about important players; it’s not good news.”
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This was the most inevitable outcome really for Skipp and it was surprising that he never underwent surgery at an earlier date. We won’t know the true reason why it was left for this long, but the main thing now is that he will be able to have a period of recovery time heading into pre-season to get him ready for the new campaign.
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