Scan reveals Bale out for remaining games
Gareth Bale will miss the remainder of the Premier League season after a scan confirmed he suffered a ruptured ankle ligament against Blackpool at the weekend.
The club have confirmed the PFA Player of the Year will wear a protective boot for the next 12 days before starting a rehabilitation regime and despite the seriousness of the injury he is expected to be fit for the start of pre-season training.
Bale had to be carried off in the second half Tottenham's 1-1 draw against Blackpool on Saturday thanks to a challenge by Charlie Adam.
Ahead of the scan Spurs boss Harry Redknapp said: "It looks like he has done his ankle ligaments. I don't see him playing again this season. It's badly swollen, his ankle. We will just have to wait and see how bad the damage is," Redknapp added.
The injury appears to have brought a premature end to a fascinating season that has seen the youngster rise to stardom after a series of scintillating displays.
Two rampaging performances against Inter Milan in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League alerted Europe's biggest clubs to his potential and England manager Fabio Capello has labelled him the best player in his position in the world.
His displays also saw him earn the PFA Player of the Year award despite missing several games in the second part of the season due to hamstring and back problems. Redknapp may have a big squad at his disposal, but they have suffered without their key winger, slipping out of the race for fourth place.
Spurs have to win all three of their remaining matches to stand any chance of qualifying for the Champions League, but Redknapp is confident that his team will be able to cope without Bale. "It's a blow but we have been without Gareth quite a bit recently," Redknapp said. "He has had injuries and he hasn't really come back from those injuries to the form (he was in before). It's been difficult for him. The injuries have knocked him back.
"He has had a fantastic season. The first three-quarters of the season, he was unplayable. He was making goals and scoring goals and he won player of the year. Over the last couple of months the injury has taken its toll on him. During that time he hasn't quite been the same boy and now he has another injury that rules him out again."
Redknapp allayed fears that Bale would miss Spurs' pre-season tour to South Africa in July. "He should be fit for pre-season," Redknapp said. "It's not that serious. It shouldn't be a problem. We don't think he has ruptured them (his ankle ligaments). We don't know until we have the results of the scan. Hopefully he hasn't."