Bale close to fitness and Corluka out indefinitely



Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has revealed the Gareth Bale is getting closer to making his first team return, but could not give a date for Vedran Corluka’s return to the side.

Bale, who has been out for a month with a back problem last played in Tottenhams away win at Newcastle, and will also miss Tuesday night’s match away at Blackpool.

Bale could be thrown back into the fray in the return leg of Spurs Champions League last 16 match against AC Milan at White Hart Lane.

Redknapp refused to name a date, but indicated that Bale was closing in on full fitness.

“Gareth is slowly improving and hopefully he’s on his way back,” said Redknapp.

“He won’t play tomorrow but shouldn’t be out for too long.”

Corluka remains out after Flamini’s horror tackle in Milan left him lucky not to break his leg.

Redknapp added: “Corluka had scans and will be out for a while, certainly not tomorrow and not sure how long after that.”

Spurs will also be without centre back Jonathan Woodgate who picked up another injury in his first game back after 16 months last week.

Redknapp continued: “Jonathan got a setback in Milan, he got a twinge and we felt it was pretty bad but it isn’t, he’s working his way back and shouldn’t be too bad.”

Modric is fit again after having his appendix out and Ledley King has returned to training.

Redknapp said: “Luka is back and fine. He’s available tomorrow. Ledley is back running and hopefully won’t be too long.”

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