Bale in doubt for Real clash
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Wales winger Gareth Bale is a doubt for Tottenham's UEFA Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid after sustaining a grade one hamstring strain while on international duty.

Bale, 21, withdrew from Gary Speed's squad to face England on Saturday after pulling up in training and he was sent for a scan last Monday. Results revealed the winger had suffered a grade one strain - the recovery time for which usually stands from between seven and ten days.

Spurs will continue to monitor Bale's condition ahead of this weekend's match against Wigan, but his participation in the first leg of the Champions League quarter with Real next Tuesday could be in doubt if he does not respond well to the conditioning of the injury. "Gareth has returned to Spurs Lodge and took part in controlled straight-line running so we could assess him," Tottenham said in a statement.

Gareth has reported no pain or stiffness after taking part in the running this morning and we shall continue to monitor him and see how he responds to his conditioning programme throughout the week.
Tottenham club statement

"We sent him for an ultrasound scan examination this afternoon and that has confirmed the presence of a minor grade one hamstring strain. Gareth has reported no pain or stiffness after taking part in the running this morning and we shall continue to monitor him and see how he responds to his conditioning programme throughout the week."

Bale has missed a large part of the last three months with a back injury that he sustained against Newcastle in January. The problem kept him out of the first leg of the club's last 16 win over AC Milan and restricted him to a substitute appearance in the return leg. The goalless draw with the Hammers was his first start for the club in two months.