Star Tottenham winger Gareth Bale will miss the rest of the season after the results of his ankle injury were revealed today.
The PFA Player of the Year sustained the ankle injury in Saturday’s Premier League clash against Blackpool, after a rash challenge from Seasiders midfielder Charlie Adam.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp had spoken about his fears for the player yesterday, but insisted that nothing was certain until the scan results were revealed. However, a statement released on the club website today stated that an MRI scan had confirmed that the player had suffered a ruptured ankle ligament that would prevent him from taking part in Tottenham’s remaining fixtures this season.
The news comes as a blow for Spurs, as they enter the final stages of their Premier League campaign desperately chasing Manchester City for a fourth place Champions League spot. Their qualification for the top European tournament already seemed unlikely after their frustrating draw against Blackpool on Saturday and will now seem even further from grasp with one of their star players missing.
Bale has enjoyed a fantastic season with Tottenham this year, with highlights including his stunning hat trick against Champions League holders Inter Milan in their European campaign. He also fought off stiff competition to claim the PFA Player of the Year award.
With just three games remaining of the team’s Premier League campaign, the club will miss Bale in crucial fixtures against Manchester City, Liverpool and Birmingham. However, the club hopes that the player will not be out of action for too long, with the official statement going on to say, “Following consultations with an ankle specialist, Gareth will remain in a protective boot for up to 12 days before beginning rehabilitation with the player expected to be fit for the start of pre-season.”