Redknapp concerned by Bale injury

Gareth Bale could be sidelined for some time by a back problem which flared up again in the 1-1 draw at Newcastle United.

The 21-year-old Wales international lasted just 11 minutes of the St James’ Park clash, with Spurs boss Harry Redknapp confirming that Bale has been hampered by the problem for some time. He commented:

“He has had a bad back for the last few weeks and we need to get that sorted out because it is dragging on now.

“We need to get someone to see it and get him back as he is important to us.

“You don’t know with back injuries, do you? It’s a shame. We need him playing for sure.

“There wouldn’t be a better left-sided player anywhere than Gareth Bale, that’s for sure.”

Bale has already found the net 12 times this season for Spurs, including a stunning hat-trick in a 4-3 againstĀ  reigning European champions Inter Milan in October.