Bale winning Real race

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Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale is winning his battle to be fit for Spurs' Champions League quarter-final with Real Madrid after returning to training yesterday.

The Welshman pulled out of Wales' Euro 2012 qualifier against England on Saturday with a hamstring strain and doubts had surfaced as to whether the 21-year-old would be available for the North Londoners for their crunch tie against the Spanish giants next week.

But Spurs have moved to quash any rumours that Bale's injury is serious

Head of Medical Services Wayne Diesel said: “Gareth has returned to the Lodge and taken part in controlled straight-line running so we could assess him.


“We sent him for an ultrasound scan examination this afternoon and that has confirmed the presence of a minor grade one hamstring strain.

"Gareth has reported no pain or stiffness after taking part in the running this morning and we shall continue to monitor him and see how he responds to his conditioning programme throughout the week."

Bale returned from a hamstring injury for Spurs' Barclays Premier League match with Wolves at the start of the month, before making a cameo appearance against AC Milan and starting against West Ham United.

This latest set-back is likely to keep him out of Tottenham's trip to Wigan Athletic, but he should be fit in time for the club's double header with nine-time European Cup winners Madrid.

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