By Nnamdi Onyeagwara

3rd Aug, 2022 | 4:55pm

Tottenham midfielder Oliver Skipp set to miss start of the season with injury - report

Tottenham midfielder Oliver Skipp is set to miss the opening weeks of the season after suffering an injury in training, according to Alasdair Gold.

Skipp, 21, could miss up to three weeks after injuring his foot in training in an aerial challenge with a teammate ending with an awkward landing.

The midfielder was still recovering from his pelvic injury that made him miss 20 games last season, but is expected to be back in training later this month. [Football London]

Gold said: “Oliver Skipp is set to miss the opening two to three weeks of the Premier League season after suffering a hairline fracture in his heel.

“The 21-year-old jumped for an aerial challenge with a team-mate on the training pitches at Hotspur Way on Friday. (29 July)

“A Spurs team-mate fell awkwardly on Skipp as the pair landed, leaving the England U21 midfielder with a deep cut in his foot from the stud impact and a hairline fracture in his heel. 

“The fracture is expected to heal quickly though and while Tottenham do need to wait for the heel bone to settle down, Skipp could be back in training in just over a fortnight’s time.”

Unfortunate timing

There is never a good time to get injured, but the week of the Premier League season starting may be the worst time for any player.

With all the new signings that Antonio Conte has made, Skipp would have been eager to stay fit and put his name into the hat for a starting role in the Tottenham midfield.

He may now find himself two or three weeks behind everyone else, and will now have to work his way back into fitness and into starting contention.

Skipp is a promising all-round midfielder and he remains firmly in Tottenham’s plans for the future, as shown by the new contract he received in April 2022.

The contract is said to have included a significant pay rise, with his reported wage going up to £80,000 a week, highlighting the youngster’s role in the team. [Evening Standard]

The injury will be a setback, but he has shown he has the mental toughness to return from injury previously and will have to do so again.

In other Tottenham news, young striker, Troy Parrott, has secured a loan move to Championship side, Preston.