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Bale absence a Champions League boost for AC Milan

AFP, MILAN, Italy

AC Milan received an injury boost ahead of the Champions League visit of Tottenham today, but it did not regard one of their own players.

Welsh wing wonder Gareth Bale has been ruled out of the second-round, first-leg tie at the San Siro and one person in particular, Milan rightback Ignazio Abate, is heaving a huge sigh of relief.

Memories of Cardiff-born Bale in Milan are still vivid following his scorching hat-trick against Inter in the Champions League group stages in the very same stadium he will not be able to grace again because of a back injury.

The 21-year-old will not be traveling to Milan because of the problem that has kept him out of action for about three weeks.

“I’d like to be able to scare Milan and say he’s going to be available, but he’s not,” Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp said.

“He’s struggling to get over this back injury. The specialists don’t see too much of a problem there. There’s nothing that should keep him out too long, [but] we’ve got to make sure he’s right,” Redknapp said.

“He’s a young lad and he’s very important. He’s got a great future in front of him. On Sunday morning, when the fitness coaches started to push him a bit, he couldn’t go on,” he said.

“He doesn’t feel he’s ready to play. We’ve got to take our time and make sure he’s right when he comes back,” Redknapp said.

Additional reporting by staff writer

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