Villas-Boas unconcerned with Bale absence

Andre Villas-BoasAndre Villas-Boas has called on other members of his Tottenham squad to step up the plate during Gareth Bale’s short stint out of action.

The Tottenham manager is convinced his side can cope without the Welshman despite his dazzling form this season and he wants the group to prove it against Everton this afternoon.

Villas-Boas privately will be very relieved that Bale’s spell on the sidelines won’t be for long after seeing him carried off on a stretcher with an ankle injury in the dying seconds of Thursday’s 2-2 draw with Basel in the Europa League quarter-final first leg.

However, he remains confident that his team is good enough to keep alive their quest for a top-four finish in the Premier League during his absence and to win the return leg in Switzerland to reach the semi-finals.

Bale is then expected to make his comeback against reigning champions Manchester City on April 21.

Villas-Boas said: “We have suffered setbacks before and managed to jump out of them so lets wait and see.

“We’ve had his absence before in different moments of the season and we had people stepping up to the game.

“When an injury happens to a player who has played most of the time it another player to step in.

“We have those players – [Gylfi] Sigurdsson has gone back to his goalscoring form, scoring two during the internationals and once against Basle and [Lewis] Holtby was also at a very, very good level.”

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