Tottenham confident Bale injury not serious

Gareth Bale is not expected to be missing for the long-term after injuring his ankle during Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-2 draw with Basle in the Europa League on Thursday evening, the BBC has reported.

Bale had to be stretchered off after rolling his right ankle late in the tie after a challenge with Basle David Degen. The BBC add that the Wales international was in clear distress after the incident, as he was carried from the pitch by medical personnel. It was one of a number of injuries suffered by Spurs against the Swiss side, with Aaron Lennon leaving the match in the first-half and William Gallas limping off towards the final whistle.

Tottenham Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas said: “It shouldn’t be as bad as it looks on the image. There is a big, big possibility if we stay positive that he will be fit for the Man City game [on April 21] and it will only take him out of two games.

Spurs’ next two games see them host fellow Champions League chasers Everton at White Hart Lane on Sunday and then play the return leg of the Europa League fixture in Basle on Thursday. After travelling to Switzerland Spurs do not play until April 21 due to Chelsea’s involvement in the FA Cup, but their meeting with the Blues has yet to be confirmed in a new date.

Villas-Boas added: “We still have a big squad and the ability to adapt [without Bale]. We just have to play against Everton [on Sunday] and see when these players get back to make us even stronger.

Basle went into a two-goal lead inside 35 minutes, scoring through Valentin Stocker and Fabian Frei, before Emmanuel Adebayor pulled a goal back just before half-time and a deflected Gylfi Sigurdsson shot in the second-half restored parity.

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