Tottenham midfielder Gareth Bale is set to miss the Premier League opener against Crystal Palace amid ongoing speculation about his future, according to Sky Sports News.
The 24-year-old has sat out the majority of Spurs’s pre-season campaign with buttock and foot problems and wasn’t involved in the recent games against Brentford and Swindon.
He also sat out Wales’s 0-0 draw with the Republic of Ireland yesterday.
Bale will remain with his Welsh teammates this week before returning to Tottenham ahead of the Premier League opener against Palace at the weekend, though according to manager Andre Villas-Boas is not expected to take part.
When asked if the midfielder would play a part in the game against Ian Holloway’s side, Villas-Boas replied:
“No, because he has been out injured most of pre-season.”
Rumours over Bale’s future continue to swirl with the Welshman continuing to be linked with a world-record-transfer move to Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has been making efforts to distance himself from the speculation, saying recently that Bale “is not in his plans”.
But news that Bale could be set for a 100 million move to the Bernabeu continues to intensify and you have to wonder if the double PFA Player of the Year has already played for Tottenham for the final time.
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