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Gareth Bale expects to miss two weeks

Gareth Bale is facing some time on the sidelines for Tottenham.
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Tottenham have received a huge boost in their hopes for Champions League qualification with the news that Gareth Bale will return to training within two weeks.

Bale suffered the problem towards the end of Spurs' 2-2 draw in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League quarter-final against the Swiss side at White Hart Lane and was able to undergo a scan on his ankle on Friday after the swelling had receded.

Bale was carried off on a stretcher during the final seconds of Spurs' draw against Basle, prompting fears the 22-goal forward could be out for a lengthy period.

The Welshman, Aaron Lennon and William Gallas - who also had to come off during last night's Europa League quarter-final first leg - all underwent scans today and the news was positive for the London club.

A Spurs statement read: "The club can confirm that Gareth Bale (sprained ankle ligaments), William Gallas (calf strain) and Aaron Lennon (soft tissue contusion below the knee) all underwent scans today (Friday) after being forced off with injuries during our Europa League quarter-final first leg draw with Basel last night.

"The results of these scans have indicated that all three players are expected to return to training within two weeks.

"Bale, Gallas and Lennon have all commenced their treatment today and are responding positively."

Many thought Andre Villas-Boas was just being optimistic when he claimed last night that Bale would be out for a short time of around three weeks.

The way that David Degen trod on the 23-year-old's standing ankle, twisting it almost at a right angle to his right leg, led to a shriek from the player and Spurs fans inside White Hart Lane started to fear the worst.

Yet the results of Friday's scan are even better than expected with the Welshman possibly missing just one match - next Thursday's second leg against Basle.

He is scheduled to return to training before Tottenham's crunch match against Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City on April 21.

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