Harry Redknapp does not expect Gareth Bale to play again this season after the Tottenham winger was stretchered off during Saturday's draw with Blackpool.
Bale was on the receiving end of a challenge from Seasiders' skipper Charlie Adam, which left him needing lengthy treatment and saw the 21-year-old leave White Hart Lane on crutches.
And, although Bale will find out his fate after undergoing a scan today, Redknapp does not believe he will play for Spurs again before the end of the campaign.
The Tottenham manager said: "It looks like he has done his ankle ligaments. I don't see him playing again this season.''
After Bale's injury, Jermain Defoe salvaged a point for the north Londoners after Adam had converted from the spot at the second time of asking.
A second successive season in the Champions League now seems out of Spurs' grasp, and Redknapp admits his side are now unlikely to usurp Manchester City.
"It's going to be very difficult, obviously," he added.
"We haven't been able to win games in the last month or so.
"It takes some doing to get in the top four,
"We have only done it once before.
"It's not as though we do it every year and people have to understand that."
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