Harry plays down Bale concern

Spurs boss says winger could figure against Man Utd

Gareth Bale: Nursing a hamstring injury, but the problem is not considered to be serious

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Harry Redknapp has refuted any suggestion that Gareth Bale is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.

The Tottenham winger was forced to pull out of the Wales squad for Gary Speed's memorial match against Costa Rica in midweek after complaining of muscle tightness.

It was claimed that the problem was serious enough to rule him out of action for the foreseeable future.

Redknapp insists that is not the case and is hoping Bale will figure in Spurs' crucial top-of-the-table clash with Manchester United on Sunday.

"That's absolutely a million miles wrong," he said when asked about the reports that Bale was set for a long-term lay-off.

Positive

"He hasn't even got a tear in his hamstring. It's just a little bit tight but it should be okay. It shouldn't be a problem.

"We will have to wait and see how he is (for the weekend). Hopefully he should be okay."

Redknapp is also hoping for positive news when it comes to the fitness of another key trio.

"(Rafael) Van der Vaart is hopefully going to train today (Friday). He feels a lot better," added the Spurs boss.

"Ledley (King) is not bad. Hopefully he will come out tomorrow. We will see how he is.

"Kyle Walker is okay. He should be okay. He got a knock (against Arsenal) but he should be fit."

"We had a bad weekend last weekend but it was a one-off."

Harry Redknapp

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One-off

Spurs will be looking to bounce back from their 5-2 derby humbling by Arsenal when they take to the field on Sunday, but Redknapp insists he has no fears regarding a possible hangover from that contest.

"We had a bad weekend last weekend but it was a one-off," he said.

"Since the first two games of the season we have not really had a bad game, even though we have lost a couple.

"Last week was the first bad day that we have had but it happens. Everybody has those days. All the clubs have had them this year and you have to accept that you will have days like that."

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