O’Hara must go under the knife

O’Hara suffered a stress fracture last season and has been under

the care of a specialist this summer. Two independent specialists

have now been consulted following a further scan and it has been

decided that he should have surgery. Spurs have given no indication

of how long O’Hara will be out for, but he will hope to have

Champions League football to look forward to on his return.

Tottenham must overturn a 3-2 deficit at White Hart Lane on

Wednesday night if they are to progress past Young Boys and make it

through to the group phase of Europe’s premier competition. There

is a minimum £10million at stake in one of the most important

games in the club’s recent history, but the players are staying

calm, according to in-form wide man Gareth Bale. “I don’t think we

feel pressure,” the Welshman told the club’s official website. “We

know we’re good enough and, if we play to the capability we know we

can play, we can beat most teams.” Bale scored both goals in a 2-1

Premier League victory away to Stoke on Saturday and feels Spurs

can build on such a performance. He said: “It was massively

important to get the win at Stoke, confidence is up now and

hopefully we’ll get the job done on Wednesday night.”