Villas-Boas expects Bale to return this season

Gareth BaleSpurs star Gareth Bale suffered an ankle injury in the 2-2 draw with Basel on Thursday and will undergo scans on the injury.

Spurs were held by the Swiss side in the first leg of their Europa League clash at White Hart Lane, with the hosts fighting their way back from 2-0 down to secure a draw.

Both Aaron Lennon and William Gallas were forced off injured in the tie but Bale suffered what appeared to be a serious ankle injury in the closing stages.

The Welsh winger twisted his ankle in a challenge with Basel’s David Degen and the Spurs star had to be removed from the action on a stretcher.

Degen’s challenge was not a malicious one but it left Bale writhing in pain and there are fears he may not play again this season.

Bale will undergo scans to determine the extent of the injury but boss Villas-Boas remains upbeat on the situation and expects the key forward to play again this term.

The Portuguese boss believes Bale could even be back to face last season’s champions Manchester City on April 21.

“There is lots of swelling and the pain is obviously very, very big,” the Tottenham manager said.

“There is a big possibility he is going to be able to make it for the Man City game and he will only miss the next two games, but we can only give you that assurance tomorrow.

“Gareth will definitely play again this season. From the medical department’s first analysis, everything is positive.

“It shouldn’t be as bad as it looks because Gareth has torn that ligament before and there’s nothing to tear now.”

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