17 Aug 2013

Bale to miss season opener for Spurs

6:37 am on 17 August 2013

Gareth Bale will not feature in Tottenham Hotspur's start to the new English Premier League football season.

There is ongoing speculation linking the winger with a world record move to Spanish giants Real Madrid.

The 24-year-old missed Wales' goalless friendly international against the Republic of Ireland with a foot injury and manager Andre Villas-Boas says the problem will keep Bale out of Spurs' opening Premier League match away to newly-promoted Crystal Palace on Monday morning.