Gareth Bale unlikely to play in Spurs’ Premier League opener, says Andre Villas Boas
Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas says his wantaway star Gareth Bale is not likely to feature in next weekend’s Premier League opener against Crystal Palace.
The Spurs boss was left answering awkward questions following his side’s 1-1 draw with Espanyol yesterday. Bale did not feature in the match and was not even in attendance.
Villas Boas confirmed that Bale is training alone and said he might play for Wales in next week’s friendly against Scotland – even though that is very unlikely – but wouldn’t expect him to play for his club next weekend.
Asked about his prospects of Bale playing for Wales, Villas Boas said: “Gareth is training on his own so there is a possibility that he makes a recovery.
He added: “I don’t think Gareth was here today … it’s not an obligation [because he is injured].
“The only thing I can say about the stories [about Real] is that I am not going to comment. The only thing I can tell you is that the player is under medical department treatment on this pain in the foot that has been disturbing him.
“He is far, far off in terms of fitness regarding what the others have done because he has stopped for three weeks, since the last time he played for Tottenham, so I wouldn’t expect [him to play against Palace.]”
So it now seems that Spurs will start the campaign without the 24-year-old regardless of his transfer situation.