Bale boost for Spurs
Harry Redknapp has delivered a more upbeat bulletin on Gareth Bale's hopes of tackling AC Milan.
Last Updated: 13/02/11 8:11pm
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has delivered a more upbeat bulletin on Gareth Bale's hopes of tackling AC Milan on Tuesday.
Speaking in the immediate aftermath of Saturday evening's 2-1 Premier League win at Sunderland, Redknapp admitted he did not expect the Wales international to feature at the San Siro due to his back injury.
But the White Hart Lane manager has now hinted his flying winger could still feature on the ground where he bagged a hat-trick against Inter in the group stages earlier in the competition.
Asked if Bale would definitely be sidelined, Redknapp said: "No, I'll be honest with you, not for sure.
"I don't know but the specialist thinks Gareth should be OK.
"If he feels right tomorrow I'd like to think he'd be out there giving it a go. He caused so many problems for Inter, didn't he? Everyone who saw that game always asks about Gareth Bale now."
Redknapp is also sweating on the fitness of influential Holland midfielder Rafael van der Vaart, who has been struggling with a calf strain.
"I have got to wait and see how Rafa is," said Redknapp. "He could be OK."
Croatia playmaker Luka Modric is not expected to feature, though, after undergoing surgery to have his appendix removed on 1st February.
"Luka could be just a bit short," Redknapp said. "It's only nine or 10 days ago that he had the operation. I don't think he'll play."