Gareth Bale injury: Tottenham winger stretchered off after hurting ankle

Paul Gilham

Spurs' brilliant winger was stretchered off of the pitch at White Hart Lane after suffering a terrible-looking injury and may be facing a significant time on the sidelines.

Gareth Bale injured his ankle late in Tottenham Hotspur's 2-2 Europa League draw with FC Basel and may be facing a long spell on the sidelines. The severity of the injury will not be known until he undergoes scans, but it looked serious at first glance.

Bale rolled his ankle chasing a ball and bent it far more than it is supposed to bend, possibly causing serious damage to his ankle ligaments. He was stretchered off the pitch at a hushed White Hart Lane with his hands on his head in obvious pain.

Any serious injury would be a massive hit to Bale, who is having the season of his life. He has scored 17 goals in the Premier League and 22 in all competitions, almost single-handedly keeping Spurs afloat in January and February when he was in dazzling form and the rest of the team slumped. Moving away from his normal left wing role to a more central position, and even being called a striker at times by Andre Villas-Boas, Bale has flashed a better all-around game and maturity than ever before this season.

Losing Bale would obviously be a blow to Spurs, too. He has been their best player by miles and they are just four points clear of fifth place Arsenal in the race for a Champions League place. If he is out for any significant period of time, it could change their European fortunes.

There is still no indication from London about the severity of Bale's injury. It is possible that it was just a tweak and Bale will come out no worse for the wear, but the images from White Hart Lane of his ankle twisting and turning did not look good.

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