'He could be back': Injured Tottenham player now expected to be fit for first game of the season - journalist
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'He could be back': Injured Tottenham player now expected to be fit for first game of the season - journalist

Football London journalist Alasdair Gold has provided an injury update on Spurs players Ben Davies and Oliver Skipp.

Neither player has featured heavily in pre-season so far, with Davies managing just one 40-minute outing against Sevilla, while Skipp has started two matches so far but come at half-time in both.

Skipp missed the last four months of last season with a pubis injury, but Gold reports that his absence from Spurs’ most recent pre-season friendly was due to a different issue.

He wrote: “Oliver Skipp’s injury was just a minor knock to his foot in training on Friday. He could be back for the match against Roma and if not then he’s expected to be pushing to be involved against Southampton.”

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Meanwhile, Davies limped off during Spurs’ draw with Sevilla in South Korea last week, and Gold questioned whether the Welsh centre-back would be ready for the start of the league campaign.

“For Ben Davies, Conte hopes he’ll be ready for that Premier League opener although could prove to be slightly optimistic,” he added. “The key is how the Welshman’s ankle reacts in the week ahead.”

Spurs have plenty of cover for Davies and Skipp injuries

Although neither knock appears to be particularly serious, Tottenham have already recruited ready-made replacements for Davies and Skipp.

The signing of Yves Bissouma from Brighton gives Spurs another option in midfield, and although their roles are likely to be slightly different, the Malian international should be able to step in and cover.

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Skipp has impressed Spurs fans since his return from a loan spell at Norwich two seasons ago, and he ‘played beautifully’ in his first game back from injury.

In defence, Clement Lenglet has been signed on loan to provide cover and competition for Davies on the left-hand side of the back three, and has already been impressed by one of his new teammates since joining up with the squad.

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