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The Debate: Can Tottenham cope without Gareth Bale?

Spurs are battling for a top four finish and have hopes of lifting the Europa League. But without their star man - can they still do it?

In the final moments of last night's 2-2 draw with Basel in the Europa League, Tottenham forward Gareth Bale fell awkwardly before being stretchered off at White Hart Lane.

Spurs have announced he will return to training within a couple of weeks - meaning he will miss this weekend's match against Everton and could also be absent from the game against Manchester City.

With Europa League progress in the balance and a top-four finish on a knife edge - can Tottenham cope without Bale? Are their hopes of Champions League qualification slipping away? Will Spurs pay for the lack of strikers at the club?

Hundreds of you took part in our poll and this is what you thought...

To finish 2nd - 3%
3rd - 11%

4th -
21%
5
th - 50%
6th -
15%
Bale is stretchered off in last night's match.
by The Independent on Apr 5, 2013 at 10:11 AM

You probably don't need one - but a reminder of what Spurs will be missing whilst their leading scorer is sidelined.
by The Independent on Apr 5, 2013 at 12:48 PM


  • 4/5/2013 9:03:40 AM
  • 4/5/2013 9:07:36 AM
  • Andre Villas-Boas...
    There is a big, big possibility, if we stay within the positives, that he is going to be able to make it for the City game and will only miss the next two games
    Read more by clicking here.
    4/5/2013 9:09:13 AM
  • Match report...
    There were worse worries than Europa League elimination on Tottenham’s mind last night as they faced the prospect of a spell without Gareth Bale. Even with Bale they were outplayed by FC Basel last night, and now they must win in Switzerland without him.
    Read more by clicking here.

    4/5/2013 9:10:20 AM
  • Bale is stretchered off in last night's match.

    4/5/2013 9:11:28 AM
  • The Independent's Online Sports Editor Simon Rice...

    I was at White Hart Lane last night and when Bale went down you could feel the concern eminating from the stands. He's been huge for Spurs this season, scoring crucial goals and winning games singlehandedly at times. With fixtures against top four rivals Everton, Manchester City and Chelsea yet to come - a Spurs side without Bale looks much weaker and it's impossible not to see them dropping points between now and the end of the season. If they're in the Champions League next season, it may have much to do with those around them failing to take advantage.

    4/5/2013 9:21:18 AM
  • Some views from Twitter...
    Get Well Soon Gareth BALE! Muhamad Fachri via Twitter at 11:09 AM

    I blame gallas for bales injury if he had not gone of the pitch and left us short bale would not have been a lb can't wait to get rid of him paul steedman via Twitter at 11:08 AM

    Looking forward to a Bale-less Spurs getting beaten by the toffees at the weekend Louie Fisher via Twitter at 11:08 AM


    Gareth bale please be okay Callum via Twitter at 11:09 AM

    Wonder why some of my Arsenal friends\fans are celebrating Gareth Bale's injury? Dumnodi Okonta via Twitter at 11:10 AM


    4/5/2013 10:12:51 AM
  • Tottenham's remaining fixtures...

    April
    07 Sun    Premier League - Everton - Home - 14:05
    11 Thur    Europa League - Basle - Away - 20:05
    14 Sun    Premier League - Chelsea - Away - 16:00
    21 Sun    Premier League - Man City - Home - 13:30
    27 Sat    Premier League - Wigan - Away - 15:00

    May
    04 Sat    Premier League - Southampton - Home - 15:00
    12 Sun    Premier League - Stoke - Away - 15:00
    19 Sun    Premier League - Sunderland - Home - 16:0
    0
    4/5/2013 10:39:30 AM
  • With over 100 votes cast so far - over 50 per cent of you think Tottenham will NOT qualify for the Champions League. The poll remains open - so keep on voting...
    4/5/2013 11:08:38 AM
  • You probably don't need one - but a reminder of what Spurs will be missing whilst their leading scorer is sidelined.

    4/5/2013 11:48:09 AM


  • 7 - Gareth Bale has now scored seven goals from outside the box in the Premier League this season; more than any other player. Rocket. OptaJoe via Twitter at March 30 at 3:23 PM

    Without Gareth Bale’s goals this season Spurs would be 9th in the Premier League & 14 points off 4th place CastrolEDGEfootball via Twitter at 11:26 AM

    Tottenham have just made 11 new loan signings for the game against Everton this Sunday due to the injury to Gareth Bale... CFC A$AP! ⭐ via Twitter at 12:49 PM

    4/5/2013 11:52:16 AM
  • Nearly 200 of you have taken part in our poll so far today - and just 36 per cent of you think Tottenham will qualify for the Champions League following last night's injury to Gareth Bale. However - that could still change. The poll remains open - CLICK HERE to take part.
    4/5/2013 1:18:12 PM
  • Tottenham are breathing a sigh of relief after is was announced this afternoon that Gareth Bale would return to action before the season is over.
    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.


    4/5/2013 4:43:45 PM
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