Tottenham have confirmed that Gareth Bale suffered sprained ankle ligaments during the game against Basle and will be out for two weeks.

William Gallas (calf strain) and Aaron Lennon (knee) will also be out for a fortnight.

Many thought Andre Villas-Boas was just being optimistic when he claimed last night that Bale would be out for a short time of around three weeks.

The way that David Degen trod on the 23-year-old's standing ankle, twisting it almost at a right angle to his right leg, led to a shriek from the player and Spurs fans inside White Hart Lane started to fear the worst.

Yet the results of today's scan are even better than expected with the Welshman possibly missing just one match - next Thursday's second leg against Basle.

He is scheduled to return to training before Tottenham's crunch match against Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City on 21 April.