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Villas-Boas 'confident' of Bale return

Created on 19 Apr., 2013 8:20 PM GMT

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas says he is “pretty confident” that Gareth Bale will be fit to face Manchester City on Sunday.

The Welshman has been out of action since suffering an ankle injury during the Europa League quarter-final first-leg clash with Basel on April 4.

However, Villas-Boas expects the winger, who has scored 17 Premier League goals this term, to be available for the meeting with City at White Hart Lane.

"Gareth has been training for the last two days with the team. I am pretty confident [he will be available]," he said.

“He has made good progress from the start of the week to train with the team and will be up for selection. It is not a gamble [to play him].”

The Portuguese went on to reveal that Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe could also return from the sidelines.

"There has been a good recovery from Defoe. He’s trained with the team all week," he added.

"Lennon's been recovering progressively, there's still a chance. He hasn't trained with the team yet, there's one more session to go. All of them are in with a chance of making the selection."

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