Gareth Bale Injury: Updates on Spurs Star's Ankle
Tottenham Hotspur played to a 2-2 draw in Thursday's Europa League clash with FC Basel, but the match was more notable for the loss of star Gareth Bale.
UPDATE: Friday, Apr. 5, at 12:30 p.m. ET by Ethan Grant
Good news on the Bale front after a scary scene at White Hart Lane.
The club's official website has confirmed that Bale, Aaron Lennon and William Gallas all underwent scans for injury following the completion of the Europa League draw on Thursday.
According to the team, Bale and his two teammates are expected to return to training within two weeks. All three have responded positively to treatment. The report also lists Bale's injury officially as "sprained ankle ligaments."
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According to Mirror Football's Twitter page, Bale was carted off during Thursday's match with an apparent ankle injury:
Tottenham confirm Gareth Bale 'expected to return to training within two weeks' after suffering ankle injury against Basel #ssn— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) April 5, 2013
Speculating on the extent of Bale's condition, Ian McGarry of BBC tweeted that the prognosis does not look good:
Bale carted off. This is why they call it injury time, Spurs fans.— MirrorFootball (@MirrorFootball) April 4, 2013
The 23-year-old Welshman was injured in the waning moments of extra time against FC Basel. Battling for the ball near the out line, Bale tried to plant on his right leg, shifted awkwardly and his ankle bent in a horrific, 90-degree fashion. He was then carted off the field, head buried in his hands as the onlookers at White Hart Lane looked on in disbelief.
As anyone who follows the Premier League will note, losing Bale is equivalent to losing the face of the entire club. The young midfielder arrived at Tottenham from Southampton in 2007 and has been a rising star since the moment he arrived with the senior club.
Initially viewed as a controlled player from the left-back spot, Bale has blossomed into an offensive force—especially this season. Bale has 17 goals and three assists during the 2012-13 Premier League season, the former statistic representing by far his career high and the best on Spurs. He has helped guide Tottenham to a surprising third place in the table, where they would qualify for the Champions League if the season ended on Thursday.
What's more, Bale has even become a popular name for the summer transfer window. Sean Ingle of The Guardian had a post on La Liga giant Real Madrid's interest in Bale, a move that would theoretically make him a much richer man in the process.
However, assuming this injury is as severe as it looked, everything could be put on hold. Bale's injury would not only stifle Tottenham's Champions League dreams, but also affect where the rising star will be playing next season.
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