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'Suffering a bit': Conte says his 'fantastic' Spurs player hasn't been the same for nine months now
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'Suffering a bit': Conte says his 'fantastic' Spurs player hasn't been the same for nine months now

Antonio Conte has been talking ahead of Tottenham v Arsenal and spoke about the fitness of a number of players, including Oliver Skipp.

Skipp has struggled for games in 2022 as a number of injuries and fitness setbacks have cost him. However, Conte is known to be a big admirer of the England youngster and believes he is a player he can ‘count on‘ going forward.

Oliver Skipp TBR FB SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – JULY 13: Oliver Skipp of Tottenham Hotspur during the preseason friendly match between Tottenham Hotspur and Team K League at Seoul World Cup Stadium on July 13, 2022 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

And speaking in his press conference ahead of the crunch clash with Arsenal, Conte explained why it was so important for Skipp to get some minutes under his belt for the England under-21s over the international break.

“For him it was important. It was the same for Matthew and Spence to play a game. For sure, Skippy played his last game in January and has been suffering a bit to find a good physical condition,” Conte said in his pre-match presser.

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

Skipp started against Italy and then came off the bench in the win against Germany at Bramall Lane. Whether or not he is in the squad to face the Gunners, however, remains to be seen.

TBR’s View: Oliver Skipp Fitness Crucial For Tottenham’s Future

There might need to be some patience from Oliver Skipp. His slot in midfield has been taken by the likes of Bentancur and Bissouma but there is plenty for him to be hopeful about.

Conte, as mentioned, is a big fan anyway and will see him as a key player for this and future seasons. Skipp is certainly more than capable in the middle of the park and with the amount of games this season, he’ll be able to play a role.

For now, he just needs to work hard in training and hope to get his chance in games before the World Cup.

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