Bale in Spurs fitness battle
Winger likely to start on bench for clash with AC Milan
Last Updated: March 8, 2011 8:53pm
Harry Redknapp has revealed Gareth Bale is 'touch and go' to be fit for Tottenham Hotspur's UEFA Champions League showdown with AC Milan.
Bale returned from a six-week lay-off with a back injury by appearing as a second-half substitute in Sunday's 3-3 draw at Wolves.
The Wales international's cameo at Molineux prompted Spurs boss Redknapp to suggest the winger was looking in fine fettle ahead of Wednesday's return leg with Milan.
However, in the build-up to the clash at White Hart Lane, Redknapp confirmed Bale's fitness is still a concern for the Premier League club.
After training with the rest of the first-team squad on Tuesday morning, Bale felt stiffness in his legs and is likely to start on the bench against Milan.
Redknapp said: "Gareth trained this morning, he still felt a little bit stiff.
"His back was okay but he felt a little stiff in his legs so we will wait until tomorrow to see how he is.
"It's touch and go. At the moment it would be doubtful whether he would be fit to start."
Spurs lead 1-0 from the first leg, which Bale missed, after Aaron Lennon's swift break presented Peter Crouch with the opportunity to score in the San Siro.
Redknapp was also boosted by the news that Rafael van der Vaart is fit to start after not featuring since the first meeting with Milan due to a calf injury.
Vedran Corluka, who was the victim of an ugly tackle by Mathieu Flamini in Milan, trained on Tuesday, along with fellow defenders Younes Kaboul and Ledley King.