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Gareth Bale to be out for two weeks after picking up hamstring injury in Spurs' 3-0 win over Fulham

Updated: Saturday, 01 Dec 2012 19:12 | Comments

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale is expected to be out of action for up to two weeks after suffering a hamstring injury during Tottenham's 3-0 win over Fulham, manager Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed.

Bale hobbled off in the second half of the London derby after falling awkwardly following a shot at goal.

Spurs fans feared their star winger could be set for a long-term layoff, but Villas-Boas played down those concerns after the match.

The Tottenham manager also lost Michael Dawson during the game due to a hamstring injury, but he could be fit for next weekend's game at Everton.

"Both Bale and Dawson have suffered hamstring muscle injuries," the Spurs boss said in his post-match press conference.

"One looks more serious than the other although both are controllable.

"With muscle injuries it's very difficult but it might keep him out for one to weeks. Dawson a little bit less."

Villas-Boas also defended Bale after the winger was booked for diving for a second successive game.

Bale has battled throughout his career against allegations that he goes to ground too easily.

That claim came to the fore on Wednesday when he was booked for simulation against Liverpool and he saw yellow again today when Chris Foy cautioned him for diving following a tackle by Fulham midfielder Steve Sidwell.

Replays showed there was contact between the two players, leading Villas-Boas to claim the booking was unjust.

The Spurs boss admits making a split-second judgement on a player as quick as Bale is difficult, but he also hinted that he felt the 23-year-old is earning an unfair reputation for being a diver.

"Gareth is so fast so it is very difficult (for referees) to judge situations," Villas-Boas said.

"He has suffered big, big injuries to his ankles before and sometimes he wants to protect himself a little bit. He might put his body in situations that the referee thinks that he is diving and he is suffering for it in these last two games.

"He is now very near suspension for two unfair yellow cards and I think you gain a reputation for being a diver unfairly sometimes. This player has suffered a lot in his career. It's a little bit harsh on him."

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