Bale expected back later this month after scan

Tottenham Hotspur forward Gareth Bale is expected to return to training in two weeks after injuring his ankle in Thursday's Europa League quarter-final first leg at home to Basel, the club said on Friday.

Bale rolled his ankle late in the 2-2 draw and a scan has shown the Wales international could return as early as April 21 to face second-placed Manchester City in the Premier League.

"The results of these scans have indicated that all three players are expected to return to training within two weeks," read a statement on Tottenham's website.

The other players are William Gallas and Aaron Lennon, who were also injured against the Swiss club.

Bale, 23, has been in a rich vein of form scoring 22 goals in all competitions this season. He will miss third-placed Tottenham's home clash with sixth-placed Everton on Sunday and the second leg in Basel next Thursday.