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Tottenham optimistic over Gareth Bale injury

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Bale was stretchered off after turning his ankle. (©GettyImages)
Bale was stretchered off after turning his ankle. (©GettyImages).

Tottenham Hotspur have been left sweating on the fitness of star man Gareth Bale after the Welshman was stretchered off with an ankle injury against FC Basel.

The results of a scan are expected today and will clarify whether Bale has a chance of playing again this season. 

Bale went down after rolling his ankle in the dying minutes of the 2-2 home leg draw against Basel in the Europa League. It looked like a bad twist but Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas insists that he doesn’t believe it was as bad as it looked.

The manager told the The Guardian: "Gareth has rolled over his ankle and we still need to get assessment that we can only have on Friday but it shouldn't be as bad as it looks in the images.”

The exciting winger has been in top form this season, scoring 22 goals for the White Hart Lane outfit and he’ll be sorely missed in the critical remaining league fixtures if his injury proves to be more serious than Villas-Boas initially thought.

Spurs face a tough clash against top four contenders, Everton, on Sunday but also face tough games against Chelsea and Manchester City. The injury to their star player has therefore come at a most unwelcome time.

The Tottenham squad seem to be facing somewhat of an injury crisis as Jermain Defoe suffered an abdominal tear during training and will be out for at least two weeks. 

Aaron Lennon and William Gallas were also forced off during the game last night.

Despite the obvious impact that Bale has had this season AVB tried his best to play down the situation and insisted that the team aren’t dependent on the absentees. 

"These injuries are part of the season," he said. 

"They're obviously big, big misses but we have a big squad and the possibility to adapt. [Clint] Dempsey is back and [Lewis] Holtby had a very, very good game tonight. 

“We're still in the frame, we don't have to make any adaptations to play against Everton and we'll just wait until the boys are back to make us stronger.

"We've played without Bale before and we've got the results that we needed; that have put us in the position we are in the league, also. We recognise the form the player is in but the squad will step up a level in his absence. Key players are always missed by any team but we have played without him before."


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