NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE ENGLAND - JANUARY 22: Gareth Bale of Spurs goes off injured during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St James' Park on January 22 2011 in Newcastle upon Tyne England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Tottenham Hotspur Get Mixed Injury News: Gareth Bale Fit To Face Madrid, Steven Pienaar Not

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Stephen Pienaar Ruled Out Of Tottenham's Champions League Quarter-Final Clash With Real Madrid

Tottenham Hotspurs' injury woes have taken a fresh new twist with the news that South African winger Steven Pienaar has been ruled out of the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final clash with Real Madrid after aggravating a groin problem that's been bothering him for several weeks. The midfielder broke the news via his Twitter account:

Out for the Madrid game. Groin still not right.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone


With both Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon nominally fit, Pienaar was not expected to start the match at the Santiago Bernabeu, but his absence does rob Tottenham of some vital depth, especially considering that Bale and Lennon aren't exactly known for their durability. It's currently unclear just how Harry Redknapp will deal with things if either one of his starting wingers does go down with an injury in the match on Tuesday.

For more on Pienaar and Tottenham Hotspur, check out SB Nation's Spurs blog Cartilage Free Captain.

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Gareth Bale To Be Fit To Face Real Madrid In Champions League

The huge exhale you hear is everyone at White Hart Lane breathing a sigh of relief over the news that Gareth Bale will be fit for Tottenham Hotspur's first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarterfinal tie against Real Madrid on Tuesday. The star winger's health has been in question since he was sent home by Wales prior to their Euro 2012 qualifier against England and all reports were that Bale's hamstring made his fitness a near 50/50 bet. On Sunday though, Spurs' manager Harry Redknapp revealed that Bale trained on Friday and is expected to be fit for his club's trip to the Bernabeu on Tuesday.

"I think Gareth should be fit," Redknapp said. "He has been out doing some work with us, did a bit with the fitness coach and trained at about 80%, so I see no reason why he wouldn't be OK. It was just felt that if he played against Wigan [on Saturday] then he could stiffen up and he definitely wouldn't play Tuesday."

Bale had missed six weeks with a back injury earlier in the year and the 90 minutes he played against West Ham two weeks ago marked the first time that he went a full match since injuring his back. After that match, Bale went off with Wales only to injure his hamstring before even playing for his country.

Tottenham are facing a slew on injuries and any healthy bodies is a plus for Redknapp's crew, although getting good news on someone like Bale is obviously a bigger boost than most. Spurs only have two fit center backs in Michael Dawson and Sebastian Bassong and with Alan Hutton ruled out of the season with knee surgery, they don't even have the option of playing Hutton at right back and Vedran Corluka in the center because Corluka is the only fit right back.

With all of the injuries at the back, Spurs will have to be quick and tidy in the midfield. The emergence of Sandro gives Spurs one quality central midfield option and with Luka Modric next to him, Tottenham have a quality center pairing. With Bale healthy and looking like he'll be on the left with Aaron Lennon getting healthy enough to play on the right, Tottenham just may have the midfield to give themselves a shot, although there's no doubt that Madrid remain the heavy favorites.

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Alan Hutton Ruled Out As Tottenham Hotspur's Injury Problems Mount

Alan Hutton has added to Harry Redknapp's injury concerns after the Tottenham Hotspur right back picked up a knee problem over the international break. Sky Sports is claiming that as a result the Scotland defender may face up to a month on the sidelines, which will only compound matters after several other Spurs defenders have been ruled out of the upcoming Champions League quarter-final matches against Real Madrid.

Hutton joins an injury list that currently features centre backs Ledley King, Jonathan Woodgate, William Gallas and Sebastian Bassong, as well as start winger Gareth Bale, who's recovering from a hamstring issue. While Hutton may not be the best loved player on the team*, losing yet another defender in the middle of all of those injuries is a problem. Had Hutton been fit, Redknapp would have at least had the option of playing him at right back while using Vedran Corkula as an auxilary centre half, but he'll have no such luck now. Forget the Real Madrid games - this is making Spurs' visit to the DW Stadium on Saturday look scary!

*SB Nation Tottenham Hotspur blog Cartilage Free Captain responded to the news with: "Open space for opposing teams' left wingers to run into? Gone! Reckless forays forward that take away Lennon's space just to have a bad cross put in? Gone! Unseemly glare on the television screen because of the reflection off of an incredibly bald head? Gone!"

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William Gallas Ruled Out With Knee Injury, Gareth Bale May Be Fit For Real Madrid

The good news for fifth place Tottenham Hotspur and Harry Redknapp is that it looks like Welsh wonder-winger Gareth Bale may be fit to play against Real Madrid on Tuesday after picking up a hamstring injury over the international break. The bad news is that apparently absolutely nobody else will. Tottenham find themselves decimated by an injury crisis in defence that's now taken William Gallas out of the picture, leaving them with just two fit centre backs - Michael Dawson and Sebastian Bassong. Harry Redknapp rather mournfully discussed the state of his defence (via the Guardian):

We have lost Ledley King, it looks like he will have to have an operation that will finish his season. Jonathan Woodgate was making good progress but got a calf injury in a friendly against Barnet and Younes Kaboul is still out with a thigh strain. William Gallas has been for a scan on his knee today. He struggled at the weekend and we are now down to having just Michael Dawson and Sébastien Bassong.

It was going to be difficult at best to compete with Real Madrid even with a fully-fit Spurs side, but with the amount of injuries that Tottenham are racking up that task looks almost impossible now. It's unfortunate that a tie with so much potential for the London side seems to have been ruined in advance by the injury. Oh, and they also have a trip to Wigan to worry about over the weekend as well. Rough.

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Gareth Bale's Status Still In Question For Champions League Clash

Gareth Bale already had to miss Wales' Euro 2012 qualifier against England with a hamstring injury and now the Tottenham Hotspur winger is in a race against time in a bid to get fit for his club's UEFA Champions League clash with Real Madrid. Bale suffered a grade one hamstring strain while training with Wales and now he is questionable to play when Spurs head to the Bernabeu for the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal tie.

Tottenham's head of medical services, Wayne Diesel, said: "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. Gareth has returned and taken 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 program throughout the week."

Bale had just returned from a back injury that kept him out six weeks before injuring his hamstring. The Welshman became one of the best wingers in the world with a sensational 2010 in which he made good on the promise that led Spurs to buy him from Southampton when he was 17. Now 21, Bale is one of the most sought after player in the world with nearly every big club linked to him.

Not only has Bale been fantastic in all matches for Spurs, but he's been especially good in the Champions League. A hat trick at Inter Milan was the highlight of a run that saw him also make his mark felt in the home leg against Inter Milan as well as the entire group stage that saw Tottenham finish first. Real Madrid are the unquestioned favorites in this quarterfinal tie and if Tottenham have to play without Bale their chances of toppling the Spanish giants will only grow.

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