Gareth Bale is facing a race against time to be fit for Tottenham’s huge Champions League quarter-final first leg against Real Madrid.
The 21-year-old has been a key figure for the north London side as they have consistently defied the betting odds in their first campaign in Europe’s premier club competition.
But Spurs have confirmed that he suffered a hamstring injury while on international duty with Wales ahead of their meeting with England and is now a doubt for the clash in Madrid on April 5th.
“We sent him for an ultrasound scan examination and that has confirmed the presence of a minor grade one hamstring strain,” read a statement on Spurs’ official website.
“Gareth has reported no pain or stiffness after taking part in the running and we shall continue to monitor him and see how he responds to his conditioning programme throughout the week.”
If Bale fails to recover in time, the prospect of betting on Tottenham to cause an upset at the Bernabeu – where Real have a 100% record this season – would be far less appealing.
At present, bwin.com offers odds of 15/2 on Spurs taking an aggregate lead back to White Hart Lane, which means a successful £10 bet would return £85.
Of course, it would be foolish to ignore the fact that the hosts have injury worries of their own, with star man Cristiano Ronaldo still rated doubtful for the first leg as he struggles with a knee problem.
But considering the strength of Jose Mourinho’s side on their own turf, Champions League betting fans may view the 2/5 available on a home win as a more realistic outcome.
A successful £10 bet on Real Madrid to reach the Champions League semi-finals at 11/50 with bwin.com would return £12.20. New customers can register here to claim their free £25 bet.