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By Pete O'Rourke - Follow me on Twitter @skysportspeteo.   Last Updated: 01/04/11 1:27pm

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Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is hopeful Gareth Bale will be fit for next week's UEFA Champions League clash with Real Madrid.

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Bale was forced to withdraw from the Wales squad for last weekend's Euro 2012 qualifying defeat to England with a hamstring problem.

The 21-year-old is unlikely to be fit for this weekend's Premier League clash at Wigan, but Redknap will give him until the last minute to prove his fitness for the quarter-final first leg trip to Madrid next week.

Leave it late

"Gareth worked with the fitness coaches and he looked OK this morning," Redknapp told Sky Sports News.

"Whether he is OK to play two games this weekend is doubtful.

"We will have a look at that tomorrow and decide which way to go with it.

"We are going to leave it late. We'd love to have him fit but if he isn't fit then we can't play him."

If Bale fails to recover in time for the clash with Real, Redknapp remains confident his side will still give Jose Mourinho's troops a run for their money at El Santiago Bernabeu.

"We have other good players here who can play on the left," added Redknapp.

"Niko Kranjcar has just gone off and had a couple of games for Croatia. Steven Pienaar is fit now too."

Lennon lift

Redknapp also revealed Aaron Lennon should be fit for the game at Wigan after returning to training on Thursday.

Lennon gave Spurs an injury scare after pulling out of England's game against Ghana with a hamstring injury, but he only missed the match as a precaution.

"Aaron is OK. He trained this morning. There isn't any problem with him," continued Redknapp.

"He met up with England and stayed with them for 10 days, felt his hamstring was tight and we didn't want to risk him going so he pulled out of the squad."

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