Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas is hopeful that Gareth Bale’s ankle injury is not as bad as first feared.
The Welsh winger was stretched off during Spurs’ 2-2 Europa League draw with Basel, and appeared to be in a great deal of pain.
Although the injury looked to be serious, AVB is optimistic that it will not be as bad as initially thought:
“He rolled on his ankle and, at the moment, there is a lot of pain, but hopefully it is not as bad as it could have been.” He is quoted by Sky Sports.
Bale appeared to roll on the joint whilst challenging for the ball late on.
Images revealed that his foot was almost at a right angle to his leg, leading many to fear that his season could be over.
But, Villas-Boas is hopeful that his star man will only miss two games in Tottenham’s charge for Champions League qualification:
“It shouldn’t be as bad as it looks on the image.
“There is a big, big possibility that, if we stay positive, he will be fit for the Man City game (on 21 April) and it will only take him out of two games.”
Spurs fought back from 2-0 down at home to Basel, with Valentin Stocker and Fabian Frei giving the visitors the lead.
But, goals from Emmanuel Adebayor and Gylfi Sigurdsson levelled the tie heading into the second leg in Switzerland.
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