Saturday February 12 2011
Tottenham: 'Bale out of Milan match'

Milan received a boost with confirmation Gareth Bale is out of Tuesday's Champions League meeting with Tottenham.

The Welsh wizard has been a key figure in Spurs' European campaign so far, scoring a hat-trick against Inter.

However, manager Harry Redknapp confirmed that Bale will not recover from a back injury in time for Tuesday's game.

Bale already missed today's 2-1 win at Sunderland and does not hold out much hope of even making the trip to San Siro.

"Gareth is not too far away. He's not going to be fit, I don't think, for Tuesday, but he's not too bad," Redknapp told Sky Sports.

"The specialists have seen it, he's had an epidural injection. Peter Crouch has had the same problem and he is fine - in fact, his back looked a lot worse on the scan.

"He shouldn't be too long, but Tuesday may be just a bit too soon for him.

"You saw what Gareth did against Inter Milan, when he terrorised them, really, and that would be in their minds an awful lot, I'm sure, if you asked them.

"Everybody in Italy talks about Bale - I went over and watched a game and everyone was asking me: 'Is Bale fit? Is Bale fit?' He would scare them to death, for sure."

Milan have their fair share of problems too, as Andrea Pirlo and Massimo Ambrosini are both out for six weeks.

Antonio Cassano, Urby Emanuelson and Mark Van Bommel are cup-tied, while the injury list includes Kevin-Prince Boateng, Gianluca Zambrotta, Pippo Inzaghi, Nicola Legrottaglie, Daniele Bonera and Ignazio Abate.