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EPL Injury Report: Bale and Defoe Make Impact for Spurs in Return

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Gareth Bale of Tottenham (Google Creative Commons)

Gareth Bale of Tottenham (Google Creative Commons)

In one of the biggest matches of the weekend, Tottenham Hotspur hosted Manchester City in a crucial match for two teams fighting for a top four finish and a spot in next season’s Champions League. With just weeks left in the EPL season, City looks to have nearly secured their spot. But, for Tottenham, the situation isn’t so simple.

In arguably their most important match of the season, the team saw the return of key players from injury including Gareth Bale and Jermaine Defoe — and oh what a return it was.

After Samir Nasri scored the opening goal for City in just the fifth minute of play, Spurs trailed 1-0 for the next 70 minutes. Chance after chance went by the wayside and City looked poised to score a second and further hurt Tottenham’s chances of Champions League qualification.

However, after missing nearly three weeks with an ankle injury sustained in Europa League play, Player of the Season candidate Gareth Bale played an amazing cross into the box, which was clinically finished by Clint Dempsey. Bale had shown throughout the match that his ankle was clearly back to full health and as part of the tying goal, his presence proved vital in the most crucial of times.

Four minutes later, Jermaine Defoe, who had missed several weeks due to a hip injury, scored a beautiful bending goal after being substituted into the match in the 71st minute. With a 2-1 lead at this point, it looked as if the return of key players would ironically be the key to the match, and that fact was further confirmed when Bale scored a lovely chip in the 82 minute to ice it and capture a very important three points for Tottenham in their race for the top four.

Spurs sit fifth in the table after the weekend with 61 points — one point behind Chelsea and two behind Arsenal. With a match against Chelsea still to come and a match in hand over Arsenal, a top four finish is very doable if the team continues to play this well.

There were no other major injuries this weekend, but Branislav Ivanovic may be claiming otherwise after being heinously bitten by Luis Suarez in Chelsea’s match versus Liverpool.

Now let’s take a look at the full EPL Injury Report:

Courtesy of Physio Room

Player/Injury/Expected Return

Manchester United

Darren Fletcher/Chronic Bowel Syndrome/Unknown

Ashley Young/Ankle/Unknown

Paul Scholes/Knee/Unknown

Chris Smalling/ Knock/April 28th

Nemanja Vidic/Knock/Unknown

Arsenal

Fabianski/Rib/April 28th

V. Diaby/ACL/Unknown

Mikel Arteta/Ankle/Unknown

Miyaichi/Ankle/May 14th

Manchester City

David Silva/Hamstring/Unknown

James Milner/Hamstring/Unknown

Tottenham

William Gallas/Calf/April 27th

Aaron Lennon/Knee/April 27th

S. Ranieri/ACL/October 13th

Younes Kaboul/Knee/Unknown

Newcastle United

D. Santon/Hip/Unknown

H. Vuckic/ACL/May 16th

Ryan Taylor/ACL/Unknown

Fabricio Coloccini/Back/Unknown

Tim Krul/Dislocated Shoulder/Unknown

C. Tiote/Hamstring/April 27th

S. Marveaux/Groin/Unknown

Chelsea

Ashley Cole/Hamstring/April 28th

Gary Cahill/Knee/April 28th

Romeu/ACL/June 9th

Oscar/Knock/Unknown

Everton

T. Hibbert/Calf/April 27th

Victor Anichebe/Hamstring/Unknown

Phil Jagielka/Ankle/Unknown

Darren Gibson/Hip/Unknown

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