Tottenham injury news and return dates ahead of Manchester City - including Dier and Skipp updates

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte will be hoping to have some key players back from injury ahead of the Manchester City trip.

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte is going through his worst managerial period since 2009, having lost his last three league games.

The task doesn’t get much easier with a visit to the Etihad, and on the evidence of form Tottenham will have their work cut out.

Manchester City are a ruthless winning machine, as proven by their 5-0 demolition of Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Spurs have been going hard at Hotspur Way, but Conte will be hoping to have a few bodies back to help keep the team fresh and possibly spring a surprise on Pep Guardiola.

So with less than 48 hours to the game in Manchester- here are the potential return dates of some of the injured Tottenham stars.

Oliver Skipp of Spurs in action during the Carabao Cup Semi Final First Leg match (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Oliver Skipp

Central midfielder Oliver Skipp missed league defeats to Southampton and Wolves, but he was particularly unlucky to have missed the former due to a relapse in his muscular problem.

There is growing optimism that he might be able to play this weekend, and he has overcome his issue.

He’s been back at Hotspur Way, but the medical team is taking their time and it should be clear if he will travel with the rest of the team to Manchester by the close of training on Friday.

Potential return date: Manchester City (A) February 19

Conte will leave Dier out due to continued groin injury

Eric Dier

Eric Dier is another player Tottenham have missed dearly in these last few days.

Often maligned by the Tottenham fanbase, Dier has risen and established himself as the leader at the back with his passion and improved performances.

He is one of the players whose influence is felt when he is not in the team, and the Tottenham backline has looked increasingly vulnerable in his absence.

He has also been back at Hotspur Way working hard, and there is the increasing chance that he could be involved in Manchester this weekend.

There have been complications with his muscular issues, and there is a feeling that he was rushed back to play in the league defeat against Chelsea, but the English defender can now see light at the end of the tunnel.

Antonio Conte and his technical team are secretly confident that he should be back for the crucial away game this weekend.

Potential return date: Manchester City (A) February 19

Tanganga will rest to focus on knee injury

Japhet Tanganga

It’s increasingly looking like Japhet Tanganga will be out for a while, after initial diagnosis on his knee injury continues to take time.

The club and the player want to be absolutely sure he needs surgery, and they will take their time before deciding the next line of action for the young defender.

He had been benefiting from the strict coaching of Antonio Conte and the latest setback is a huge blow to his development.

There is currently no date for his return yet as he is still being assessed.