April 1, 2011

Bale doubtful for Madrid Champions League tie

Tottenham’s star winger Gareth Bale is an injury worry ahead of the club’s Champions League quarter final against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu on Tuesday night, as the player faces a race against time to recover from a hamstring strain in time for the game.

Bale suffered the injury training with Wales and will not feature for Harry Redknapp’s men against Wigan in the league on Saturday.

Redknapp is hopeful that Bale will be back in time for the Madrid clash however. Speaking with Sky Sports News he said: “Gareth worked with the fitness coaches and he looked OK this morning. We will have a look at that tomorrow and decide which way to go with it. We are going to leave it late. We’d love to have him fit but if he isn’t fit then we can’t play him.”

Bale shot into the international spotlight after scoring a hat-trick against European champions Inter Milan in a 4-3 defeat at the San Siro earlier in the season, and is widely regarded as one of the brightest lights in world football.

However Redknapp is confident that his team can compete with the Spanish giants even if Bale is not available and is considering his other options should the winger not make it in time.

“We have other good players here who can play on the left,” Redknapp mused. “Niko Kranjcar has just gone off and had a couple of games for Croatia. Steven Pienaar is fit now too.”

It would be a massive boost for the English side should Bale be fit to play, and a late fitesss test closer to the game should clarify whether he can play or not.

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