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Defender Bale has knee operation

Gareth Bale
Bale has scored two goals in 20 appearances for Wales

Tottenham's Welsh international defender Gareth Bale has undergone knee surgery, which may mean he misses at least the start of pre-season training.

A scan of the 19-year-old's left knee revealed torn cartilage tissue, which had already forced him out of Wales's World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan.

The likely recovery period is about eight weeks.

Bale joined Tottenham from Southampton in May 2007 but his progress has been disrupted by a series of injuries.

In two years at the club, he has yet to play in a winning Spurs team in the Premier League, and this season he has fallen behind Benoit Assou-Ekotto in the pecking order.


Manager Harry Redknapp is expected to sell players in the summer to overhaul his squad, but Bale's injury means that if he were thought surplus to requirements, it could now be hard to sell him because of his enforced lay-off.

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Azerbaijan 0-1 Wales
06 Jun 09 |  Internationals
Bale signs new Tottenham contract
13 Aug 08 |  Tottenham
Injury rules out Bale for season
04 Feb 08 |  Tottenham
Bale calm over Spurs expectation
03 Aug 07 |  Tottenham
Tottenham complete Bale transfer
25 May 07 |  Tottenham

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Mail Online UK Bale blow as injury-prone Spurs star faces race to be fit for new season - 44 hrs ago
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