Bale in race to face Real

The 21-year-old withdrew from Gary Speed’s squad to face England

last Saturday after pulling up in training and he was sent for a

scan on his injured hamstring on Monday. Results revealed the

winger had suffered a grade one strain – the recovery time for

which usually stands from between seven and 10 days. Spurs will

continue to monitor Bale’s condition ahead of this weekend’s match

against Wigan, but his participation in the first leg of the

Champions League quarter-final with Real next Tuesday could be in

doubt if he does not respond well to the conditioning of the

injury. A statement on the club’s website read: “Gareth has

returned to Spurs Lodge and took part in controlled straight-line

running so we could assess him. “We sent him for an ultrasound scan

examination this afternoon and that has confirmed the presence of a

minor grade one hamstring strain. “Gareth has reported no pain or

stiffness after taking part in the running this morning and we

shall continue to monitor him and see how he responds to his

conditioning programme throughout the week.” Tottenham became

embroiled in a club versus country row with Wales after the

Football Association of Wales (FAW) claimed that Bale had suffered

the injury before reporting for international duty. Spurs boss

Harry Redknapp hit back at those suggestions, claiming that the

former Southampton winger was fully fit when he left Tottenham to

join up with Wales after the club’s 0-0 draw against West Ham.

Tottenham’s head of medical services Wayne Diesel echoed Redknapp’s

claims, saying: “Gareth did not report any hamstring issues when we

assessed our players after our fixture with West Ham United which

means he was free to report for international duty, nor did the

Football Association of Wales raise any problems with us prior to

his first training session with the national team on Tuesday

following two days of rest. “He was passed fit to train by the FAW

medical team and it was only after 40 minutes of his first training

session on Tuesday, which included some high intensity runs, Gareth

complained of tightness in his right hamstring and was pulled out

of the remainder of the session as a precaution. “We requested the

player be sent immediately for a scan which subsequently revealed

the hamstring strain that forced his withdrawal from the squad.”

Bale has missed a large part of the last three months with a back

injury that he sustained against Newcastle in January. The problem

kept him out of the first leg of the club’s last-16 win over AC

Milan and restricted him to a substitute appearance in the return

leg. The goalless draw with the Hammers was his first start for the

club in two months.