Tottenham Hotspur will be without Welsh star Gareth Bale for Tuesday nights trip to the San Siro, after he failed to recover in time for the game.
Spurs manager Harry Redknapp revealed he wouldn’t be available for the match against AC Milan, after earlier refusing to say if he’s be fit either way.
Bale got the back injury playing against Newcastle and missed the game at the weekend against Sunderland.
Some thought that Spurs may risk their best player against Milan, in what has to be their biggest game of the season so far, but Redknapp will place his faith in other players.
Bale did train with the fitness staff on Sunday morning, but had to stop after feeling discomfort in his back.
Redknapp told Sky Sports news, “I’d like to be able to scare Milan and say he’s going to be available, but he’s not.”
“The specialists don’t see too much of a problem there. There’s nothing that should keep him out too long.
“They looked at Crouch’s back and he has an epidural and Gareth had similar problems. Crouch’s looked an awful lot worse.
“Gareth’s has taken a little bit longer to heal. We’ve got to make sure he’s right. He’s a young lad and he’s very important. He’s got a great future in front of him.
“He doesn’t feel he’s ready to play. We leave it to him. At Sunderland he worked with the fitness coaches on Sunday morning and when they started to push him a bit he couldn’t go on.
“We’ve got to take our time and make sure he’s right when he comes back.”
Tottenham do have Niko Kranjcar back in form, after the midfielder has scored two in two since coming back into the team.