When Tottenham Hotspur star winger Gareth Bale was carted off during his club's 2-2 draw with FC Basel, fans at White Hart Line all took a collective deep breath.
After it was reported on Friday morning that Bale's injury will not require more than a couple of weeks of treatment before a return to training, Spurs fans can all exhale that breath for the time being.
As mentioned, Bale was carted off the field against Basel (via BBC Sport).
The injury looked downright nasty, and any time a stretcher has to be called to the field, what could be standard procedure could also turn out to be a career-threatening issue.
Fortunately, it looks like Bale isn't going to be in that category. It's a good signs for fans for obvious reasons, but even more so when you consider that the Spurs haven't won a match without a Bale goal since the beginning of 2013.
Although the 23-year-old star was clearly in pain after a late-minute scratch with Basel's David Degen resulted in an awkward landing, the club's official website is reporting that Bale will only miss two games and it expects William Gallas, Aaron Lennon and Bale to all be training again within two weeks.
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas also spoke out about how fortunate things are looking after the injury gave way to thoughts of the young star missing a considerable amount of time.
According to the report, the official listing for Bale's injury is sprained ankle ligaments. While fans and team trainers alike should be encouraged by the results of the latest scan, there should also be some walking on eggshells until Bale is 100 percent.
Sitting at third place in the Barclays Premier League table, Tottenham has no room for error with Manchester United and Manchester City firmly entrenched atop the table and Chelsea and Arsenal within striking distance.
The winless streak without Bale will have two chances to change, as the Spurs prepare to take on Everton at home Sunday and then prepare for the second leg of the Europa League match against Basel the following Thursday.
After that, Bale will have a full 10 days of preparation to get ready for a crucial EPL match with Manchester City on April 21. The Spurs are currently five points behind City for the second spot in the EPL standings, and the match could be a window to the final finish for both clubs.
As it is, Spurs fans can all begin to relax a bit more after more news about Bale's injury broke on Friday. Currently third in the EPL goals-scored list behind only Luis Suarez and Robin Van Persie with 17 netters this year, Bale can also exhale after a scary scene at White Hart Lane on Thursday evening.
Nothing is set in stone, but at the very least we aren't looking at a career-threatening injury for the young star anymore. That's always a good thing in sports, and it should provide a small sense of hope as Tottenham prepares for two matches without its best player.
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