Tottenham players hopeful Gareth Bale can make a swift recovery

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Tottenham Hotspurs' players are hopeful starlet Gareth Bale will recover from his ankle injury suffered against FC Basel on Thursday night.

The Welshman was moved to left-back by boss Andre Villas-Boas after having to reshuffle his pack when William Gallas limped off, but with minutes left in stoppage time, Bale went over horribly on his ankle.

The 23-year-old had to be stretchered off the park to cap a disappointing night at White Hart Lane.

The forward's teammates have come out in support of the versatile player, hoping that he is not out of action too long.

Belgian Mousa Dembele has highlighted how important Bale has been for the north London club this season and wishes he is fit sooner rather than later.

"He's a player who's been unbelievably important for us this year and he can be even more important," he said, according to Sky Sports.

"We all hope that he will be fit."

Aaron Lennon was also removed mid-way through the first-half after pulling up lame and signalling to the bench that he could not continue.

Gylfi Sigurdsson was the man who replaced the winger and levelled the score with a deflected shot after Emmanuel Adebayor had pulled one back for the hosts who found themselves 2-0 down to the Swiss side.

The midfielder admitted its a waiting game with the Bale injury, but also noted how the absence of Englishman would be a blow to Spurs.

"Hopefully (Bale) will recover quickly and recover for the next few matches," the Iceland international added.

"Lennon obviously came off as well and he's very important to us. They're top quality players and hopefully they'll get back soon."

Veteran goalkeeper Brad Friedel had to make a string of saves during a difficult evening for Tottenham and has echoed his fellow teammates insisting it is a case of waiting to see the severity of Spurs' top scorer.

He added: "We'll have to wait and see. Nobody at this moment in time knows how sever it is."

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