Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale is a major doubt for the visit of Chelsea on Thursday.
The 21-year-old was unable to feature in the weekend win over Sunderland, but manager Harry Redknapp was hopeful Bale would be fit to return against The Blues this week.
However, Bale's inability to train has hinder his recovery, as he stares down the barrel of an extended period on the sidelines.
“Gareth’s struggling at the moment,” said Redknapp. “He hasn’t been able to train. He’s very doubtful."
The news surrounding Bale is compounded by the fitness worries concerning the remainder of Spurs' attack.
Aaron Lennon isn't expected to return from the hamstring injury that forced him to be replaced against The Black Cats, while Ledley King,Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe are also struggling.
“It normally takes six or seven days for Ledley’s knee to go down, so we’ll have to wait and see how it is today and tomorrow," Redknapp added he’ll be 50-50 at best I would imagine.
“Jermain, again, has a bit of a hamstring. He thinks he’s got a chance, but the physio isn’t keen on him taking a chance.
“Ade’s got a foot problem, we’ll see how he is. He can’t train today, but we’re hopeful. He doesn’t miss too many games.
“Azza’s got a hamstring injury, but he shouldn’t be too long. It’s only a minor tear. He could be fit in a couple of weeks."
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