Tottenham winger Gareth Bale has been ruled out of action for two weeks due to a foot injury.
Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas told BBC reporters that Bale, who has been linked with a possible transfer to Real Madrid, is going to miss Tottenham’s Premier League opening game against Crystal Palace.
Villas-Boas added that Bale will also miss the Europa League game against Dinamo Tbilisi on Thursday, and the Premier League game against Swansea three days later.
He told reporters: "For Palace, for Tbilisi, for Swansea, he will not be in line to threaten to come back".
If Bale can return to action in two weeks time, he will be able to feature for Spurs in their north London derby against Arsenal at the Emirates on 1 September, just a day before the close of the transfer window.
Bale, 26, who has scored 42 goals for the Spurs, has been the subject of intense speculation this summer, linked with a possible move to Real Madrid for a world-record transfer fee of more than £80m.
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has admitted that the clubs have been in talks, which made Villas-Boas angry, but Bale has not made any public declaration of his intentions, and no deal has been agreed between the teams either.
The Welshman played the first half in Tottenham’s pre-season friendly against Swindon on 16 July, which was his last game for the Spurs to date.
He was in the Wales squad for their friendly against Republic of Ireland on Wednesday, but did not feature in the 0-0 draw.
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