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Corluka could return within weeks

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Tottenham have confirmed that Vedran Corluka suffered a sprained ankle from Mathieu Flamini's horror tackle and should be back in full training in a "few weeks".

Corluka had to be carried off on a stretcher in the second half of Spurs' 1-0 win over AC Milan in the San Siro, after being hit with a late two-footed sliding challenge from the Frenchman.

A Tottenham statement read: "Vedran Corluka will remain immobilised in a protective boot for the next four days."

The statement continued: "A scan determined that he had sprained part of his ankle joint capsule following a challenge from Mathieu Flamini during Tuesday's Champions League round of 16 first-leg victory over AC Milan.

"Following a clinical examination by a foot and ankle specialist this afternoon, it has been recommended that Vedran make a gradual return to training starting next week.

"Should the Croatia international feel no ill effects of the injury during his gradual return to training then he should be back in full training in a few weeks."

Corluka, 24, is still likely to miss out on the second leg of the Champions League last-16 tie at White Hart Lane in three weeks' time.

"As expected, after the leg cooled everything looks uglier. It's swollen and it really hurts me, even though the doctors assured me that it isn't so bad," Corluka told Croatian newspaper Sportske Novosti before his scan.

"Luckily nothing is broken, but I will still be out for at least four weeks.

"When I first saw my ankle, I was sure it would be at least two months, but luckily it is not so bad."

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Tottenham Hotspur
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