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‘I can count on him’: Conte admits Tottenham 21-year-old talent is so ‘important’ to the team.

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ENFIELD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: Antonio Conte, head coach of Tottenham Hotspur during the Tottenham Hotspur press conference at Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre on September 15, 2022 in Enfield, England. (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte has described Oliver Skipp as an “important” player for Spurs amid injury concern. 

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Skipp is coming back off a series of injuries which have kept him out of competitive action since January. (Photo: Getty Images)

The midfielder, often cited as a key player by the Italian, is yet to feature for Spurs this season after suffering a hairline fracture in the weeks building up to the campaign.

Skipp enjoyed a breakthrough as a Tottenham player last season but saw it ended prematurely after suffering a pelvic injury in late January.

The 22-year-old returned during the pre season, was reportedly ‘absolutely flying’ during pre-season training and was in the top two fittest players in the entire Spurs squad. He then suffered a foot injury in training ahead of the start of Tottenham’s season.

Handed a new contract earlier this summer, Conte has backed the midfielder to really get going once he returns to peak physical fitness.

Speaking ahead of Leicester clash on Saturday, the Spurs boss provided an update on Skipp’s and also lauded the player’s talents and attitude.

After speaking about Matt Doherty’s road to recovery, Conte added: “It is the same with Skippy.

“Because in this period, Skippy had a serious injury. He played his last game in January, maybe December.

“Don’t forget Skippy. He is very reliable, he’s a prospect but I can count on him. He’s an important player.

“In the next few games he can have a better physical condition and I can count on him also.”

Oliver Skipp Injury Problem. 

Skipp has been unlucky in terms of injuries since Conte took over as Spurs boss last November.

The Tottenham academy product was a mainstay in the Italian’s side last season until he was ruled out for the rest of the campaign.

Since then, Tottenham have made so many new signings. The likes of Bissouma will be pushing for his place, while Rodrigo Bentancur also impressed after signing in January.

Nonetheless, Conte is clearly a big fan of Skipp, just like Jose Mourinho, and hopefully it won’t be long before we see Skipp in competitive action again.

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