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Gareth Bale gets positive injury news

Apr 5, 2013, 2:09 PM EDT

Tottenham Hotspur's Bale lies injured during their Europa League quarter-final first leg soccer match against FC Basel at White Hart Lane in London Reuters

Cheerful news, Tottenham fans: your star player’s injury isn’t as bad as initially feared. Far from it.

The rampant winger was carried off on a stretcher in the closing moments of yesterday’s 2-2 Europa League draw with Basel (or Basle, or however you’d like to spell the Swiss club). Spurs said in a statement today that Bale has sprained ankle ligaments and is expected to miss only two weeks.

It 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) after being forced off with injuries during our Europa League quarter-final first leg draw with Basel last night.

The results of these scans have indicated that all three players are expected to return to training within two weeks.

That’s quite a result considering how alarming the photos looked as they captured the moment David Degen trod on his foot.

The Welsh star is expected to miss Sunday’s Premier League game against Everton and the return quarter-final fixture against Basel next Thursday. But all being well, he’ll be back for the big game against Manchester City on April 21 as Tottenham seek to claim a Champions League berth. And finish above Arsenal.

As the Telegraph points out, Spurs would be experiencng a much less exciting campaign without him…

  1. mrpowers88 - Apr 5, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    It only looked bad because of the low-cut nature of soccer cleats. Grass is also more giving than, say, a basketball court where if a player turned their ankle, it looks a lot more painful

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