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The 41-year-old is hopeful ankle injury Spurs winger sustained in Blackpool game on Saturday will not keep him out of Four Associations’ Tournament at end of May

Wales manager Gary Speed is hopeful Tottenham winger Gareth Bale will recover quickly from the ankle injury he picked up in Saturday’s Premier League game against Blackpool.

The PFA Player of the Year was stretchered off midway through the second half at White Hart Lane after being caught on the ankle by Blackpool captain Charlie Adam, and is due to have a scan on Monday.

After the game, Spurs boss Harry Redknapp suggested that Bale could be a major doubt for the rest of the Premier League season, which would in turn raise questions over his participation in the Four Associations Tournament, which comes to a head at the end of May.

But Bale’s national team coach Speed, however, was more optimistic over the winger’s chances of a swift recovery.

"He's a fit lad so hopefully he will recover quickly," he told BBC Wales. “It was a bad tackle.

"It could have easily been a break but hopefully it will just be ankle ligaments.

"Gareth's very strong so hopefully it won't be too bad."

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