Gareth Bale Injury: Updates on Tottenham Star's Hamstring

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIDecember 1, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 1:   Gareth Bale of Tottenham is tackled by Ashkan Dejagah of Fulham during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur at Craven Cottage on December 1, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
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Tottenham Hotspur notched a critical 3-0 victory at Fulham on Saturday to continue its three-game winning streak.

This victory came at a rather steep cost.

Star winger Gareth Bale tweaked his hamstring in the second half, and is expected to miss at least a week—possibly two—for the Spurs.'s Liam Twomey was on the scene at Craven Cottage to break down what happened to Bale:

The Welshman sustained the injury while racing onto a Jan Vertonghen pass and shooting straight at Mark Schwarzer during an otherwise convincing second-half performance from Spurs.

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas confirmed that Bale, who was replaced by Gylfi Sigurdsson during the second half at Craven Cottage, will be out of first-team action for at least a week due to the injury.

UPDATE: Wednesday, December 5 at 11:30 a.m. ET

Great news for Tottenham fans as Gareth Bale could return on December 16, according to Sky Sports' Staff.

Andre Villas-Boas says Gareth Bale could be back for the Swansea game on 16 December.

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas says he is hopeful injured winger Gareth Bale will only miss one Premier League game.

The Welshman limped off during last Saturday's victory at Fulhamand will sit out this weekend's fixture at Goodison Park but could be back on 16 December.

Villas-Boas said: 'He will not make Everton but could be back for next weekend. But I have other options and I have excellent players.'

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It isn't absolutely critical for the 23-year-old phenom to be in action for the Spurs' next match: A Europa League fixture against Panathinaikos. But it would be ideal for the club to have their attacking midfielder back on the pitch for next Sunday's home showdown with Everton.

The Spurs currently sit in fourth position in the English Premier League table, with Everton in sixth.Tottenham may be able to get by without Bale, considering the strong attack the club showed against Fulham, led by Jermain Defoe's two goals.

However, Bale is obviously one of the most special wing players in the world with his outstanding speed, and the value he brings to open up the Spurs' attack is irreplaceable.

Although this injury has been referred to as a "tweaked" hamstring, and Tottenham is likely going to take precautions to not rush Bale back, this is still a significant loss in the middle of the EPL season.

Check back here for the latest information as more clarity regarding Bale's status is revealed.