Andre Villas-Boas hopeful Gareth Bale's ankle injury is not as bad as feared

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas says he is confident that the ankle injury sustained by Gareth Bale against Basle will not rule him out long-term.

The Portuguese said that a previous injury to the same ankle makes it unlikely that Bale has suffered a serious injury to his ankle ligaments.

"Obviously we have to wait for the scans tomorrow but it shouldn't be that bad," Villas-Boas told ITV's Ned Boulting.