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Good News for Gareth Bale
Guardian, April 5th, 2013 12:23PM

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Tottenham received good news from results of a scan on the injured ankle of Gareth Bale, who was taken off the field in a stretcher at the end of its 2-2 draw with FC Basel in the UEFA Europa League quarterfinal first-leg at White Hart Lane. Bale rolled his ankle after a challenge from Basel substitute David Degen, and appeared to be in great pain as he was taken off the field.

Bale was diagnosed with a sprained ankle ligaments and could be back to training in two weeks.

A Spurs statement read: "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) ... The results of these scans have indicated that all three players are expected to return to training within two weeks.

As Tottenham awaits the official word on how long it will be without its star player, coach Andre Villas-Boas tried to remain positive. "Gareth has rolled over his ankle and we still need to get assessment that we can only have on Friday," Villas-Boas said. "But it shouldn't be as bad as it looks in the images. He has torn that ligament before and there's nothing to tear now. There is lots of swelling and the pain is obviously very, very big but we hope to assess him [Friday].

"These injuries are part of the season," said Coach Andre Villas-Boas. "They're obviously big, big misses but we have a big squad and the possibility to adapt. [Clint] Dempsey is back and [Lewis] Holtby had a very, very good game tonight.”

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