Oliver Skipp has had an absolutely brilliant season on loan with Norwich City, but it looks like that season is now over. Norwich clinched the Championship title and promotion back to the Premier League yesterday with a 4-1 home win over Reading, but Skippy limped off the pitch in stoppage time of the match with what looked like a foot injury.
After the match, Skipp was pictured celebrating on crutches and wearing a protective boot, and his manager Daniel Farke said that the situation doesn’t look good, possibly a broken foot.
“A big concern. It was pretty painful for him and our physios’ first assessment was they are not that optimistic for him. It seems like a major injury. Right now, too soon to give a firm prediction. We have to continue to assess him over these coming days but it was pretty sore.
“It is a shame because he was unbelievable this season. One of our outstanding players. All our thoughts are with him and we hope he is capable of being fit for the new season.
“It is an issue with his foot. We think it could be broken.”
Yeah. That’s bad. The extent of the injury will determine how long Skipp is out, but if it doesn’t require surgery that’s probably 6-8 weeks, and longer if he needs to go under the knife. It’s good for Norwich in that the Canaries are now officially on the beach after clinching the title and promotion, but it’s not great for Skippy and could set him back a bit heading into next season. Most likely he’ll return to Tottenham to work on his rehabilitation, though that has not yet been confirmed.
There’s an open question about what to do with Skipp next season. He was unquestionably outstanding on a very good Championship-winning team this year, but it’s not clear whether the best thing for him going forward is to let him be a backup for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg with Spurs, or send him back out on loan, possibly with Norwich again, for a year of Premier League experience before integrating him fully into the side. Most likely that’s a decision that will be made by whoever the new Tottenham Hotspur manger is.
Either way, it’s a real bummer. Nice things, can we haz plz?