Tottenham suffer double injury blow just days before start of new Premier League season

Tottenham to be without two of their star midfielders when they take on Southampton this weekend in their first game of the new Premier League season.

Tottenham midfielder Oliver Skipp is set for time on the sidelines after picking up an injury in training this week, while Yves Bissouma is still struggling with hamstring problems.

Skipp missed a chunk of last season due to a hip complication, and was working his way back to full fitness when he suffered a hairline fracture in his heel.

There has not been any time frame given for when he will return, but the initial assessment is that he will miss this weekend’s Premier League opener against Southampton.

This is a real blow to the midfielder who was such a key member of the team when Antonio Conte first took over last November.

He played a major role under former manager Nuno Espirito Santo and continued his fine form under the Italian manager, before being stopped in his tracks by the pelvic injuries which he had to get operated on in the US.

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The news of his latest injury will also disrupt the preparation for this weekend’s game, as the 21-year-old is one of the highly-rated players in the team.

He is a firm fan favourite for coming through the Tottenham academy.

There was optimism that the injury would not be long term and he would be back with his teammates fighting for the shirt sooner than later.

Malian midfielder Yves Bissouma controls the ball during the friendly football match (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Yves Bissouma injury

New signing Yves Bissouma has been struggling with hamstring injury, and will not be risked over the weekend.

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The midfielder missed the trip to South Korea due to Covid and has been unable to shake off a hamstring complication.

Spurs will hope that they don’t miss him too much and get the business done in both Bissouma and Skipp’s absence.

Antonio Conte’s side starts their 2022/2023 campaign with a home game against Southampton, before making the short trip to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea.

Last season, the Lillywhites recovered from a slow start to the season to secure Champions League football and have moved fast to bring players for the new campaign.

There is anticipation building ahead of what will be Conte’s first full season at the club and fans would like to see how far the Italian manager can take this team especially that he has been given the players he wanted.