Tottenham face anxious wait over Bale

The Wales international suffered an ankle injury during the closing stages of his side's 2-2 Europa League draw against Basel and will undergo a scan on Friday
Tottenham face an anxious wait over the fitness of Gareth Bale who is set to undergo a scan on his damaged ankle on Friday.

The Welshman left White Hart Lane on a stretcher on Thursday night after his right ankle buckled under an innocuous looking challenge from David Degen, moments before the end of an enthralling Europa League quarter-final first leg.

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Spurs battled back from 2-0 down to force a draw against Swiss side FC Basel thanks to goals from Emmanuel Adebayor and Gylfi Sigurdsson, but their night ended on a sour note with Bale’s injury.

The north London club face a crucial fortnight in their pursuit of Champions League qualification and manager Andre Villas-Boas was hopeful that his top scorer this term would be fit to feature in a significant part of the run-in.

“It shouldn’t be as bad as it looks on the image,” said Villas-Boas. “There is a big, big possibility if we stay positive that he will be fit for the Manchester City game [on April 21] and it will only take him out of two games.

 “We still have a big squad and the ability to adapt [without Bale]. We just have to play against Everton [in the Premier League at the weekend] and see when these players get back to make us even stronger.” 

Spurs face fellow Champions League aspirants Everton at White Hart Lane on Sunday before the return leg against Basel next Thursday. And a punishing schedule concludes with a trip to Stamford Bridge on April 14 ahead of the visit of champions Manchester City.