Tottenham Hotspur are awaiting confirmation on the extent of Wales international Gareth Bale’s latest injury setback.
The winger has been out of action since 22 January and also missed Wales’ 3-0 loss to the Republic of Ireland in Tuesday’s Nations Cup match. Spurs boss Harry Rednapp had been hoping that Bale, one of the Lilywhites’ star players so far this season, would return for his side’s important Champions League last 16 first-leg match against AC Milan.
So far Bale has scored 11 goals in 30 appearances this season, including an explosive hattrick against Milan’s city rivals Inter during the group stages. As well as this he has been an intricate part in the Spurs’ attacking line-up, setting up numerous goals for Tottenham’s strikers and has blended well with the likes of Rafael van der Vaart.
It is understood that Bale pulled a muscle in his back during training earlier this week while on the road to his comeback from his previous injury. If missing he will be added to the ever lengthening list of casualties in the Spurs ranks.
Rednapp is already waiting on the injuries to Peter Crouch, van der Vaart, and Luka Modric who are all a doubt for the first leg of their side’s clash with Milan at the San Siro. With Milan sat atop of the Serie A table, with 49 points from their 24 matches and with a goal difference of 21, and three points ahead of second placed Napoli, the trip to Italy was always going to be a tough one for Spurs’; however the task may just have got that bit harder.
Tottenham take on Milan in the first leg on Tuesday 15 February, with the return leg being played at White Hart Lane on Wednesday 9 March.