Bale on track for Milan clash

BY foxsports • February 24, 2011

Redknapp had to do without the Welsh star for last week's first leg at the San Siro due to a back injury but the 21-year-old wide-man is now back in training. Spurs do not have a Premier League game this weekend so Redknapp has taken the opportunity to take his squad to Dubai for some warm-weather training. Tottenham visit Wolves next weekend before facing Milan on March 9 and Redknapp believes Bale may be ready in time. "We're hopeful," he said. "He's back training and we'll look at him tomorrow (Friday). "He's starting to run and do some work with the fitness coaches, so he could be available. We need him, he's a big player for us. "It's not a holiday, we're going to train and work hard," Redknapp added. Sunshine "We've got a few injured players and we've brought them all along, and hopefully a bit of sun of Gareth Bale's back, and a few of the others, might do them good." Despite Bale's absence, Spurs still managed to pull off a thoroughly-deserved 1-0 win in Milan to continue a memorable European campaign. It began with a woeful start in their qualifier against Young Boys before they recovered to win 6-3 on aggregate. They then topped a group featuring Inter Milan, beating the holders and setting all sorts of scoring records along the way. Spurs are now on the brink of the quarter-finals but Redknapp warned the job is not done yet. "We went to Young Boys first game, were 3-0 down after 20 minutes and I thought 'well, this is the end of our European campaign'," he said. "But we came out of that one then won the group and now we've got a chance to reach the last eight. "But it's still not over this tie. They'll be coming to White Hart Lane and they've got forwards that can hurt you so it's still going to be dangerous. "We've just got to keep going. I think everyone just wanted to avoid Barcelona really, but then Arsenal are in a good position and could go there and turn them over. It's not impossible, it's all to play for. "I watched Bayern Munich last night get a good result at Inter Milan (1-0) so you'd have to say the two favourites are Barcelona and Real Madrid." It is all a far cry from when Redknapp stepped into the Spurs hotseat following the sacking of Juande Ramos in October 2008, with the team bottom of the Premier League. "It's been unbelievable, from where we were when we started out to where we are now," said Redknapp. "We've been lucky, it's been upwards all the way. "But you never know in this game, you can have a great run then a couple of defeats and suddenly it all turns."


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