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Bale to return in two weeks

ESPN staff
April 5, 2013
Tottenham will be boosted by the news Gareth Bale has not suffered any serious damage to his ankle © Getty Images

Gareth Bale will return for Tottenham in two weeks' time after the results of a scan revealed no serious damage to his ankle.

The Welshman was stretched off in Spurs' 2-2 draw with Basel in the Europa League quarter-final on Thursday, and it was first feared he may have suffered ankle ligament damage.

Manager Andre Villas-Boas was hopeful the extent of his star man's injury would not be severe, and much to his delight, Bale will make a comeback in training for Spurs in a couple of weeks, ruling him out of the ties against Everton and the return Europa League leg against Basel in Switzerland.

Crucially though, the 23-year-old is set to return for the clash against Manchester City on April 21.

William Gallas and Aaron Lennon also picked up injuries against Basel but, like Bale, are in line for a comeback in 14 days.

"The club can confirm that Gareth Bale (sprained ankle ligaments), William Gallas (calf strain) and Aaron Lennon (soft tissue contusion below the knee) all underwent scans today (Friday) after being forced off with injuries during our Europa League quarter-final first leg draw with Basel last night," a Spurs statement read.

"The results of these scans have indicated that all three players are expected to return to training within two weeks. Bale, Gallas and Lennon have all commenced their treatment today and are responding positively."

Bale is set to be a contender for this season's player of the year, along with Liverpool's Luis Suarez and Robin van Persie of Manchester United. Bale has enjoyed one of his best campaigns, scoring 22 goals in 38 games for Tottenham, and has been pivotal in their push to secure a top-four spot in the Premier League.

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