Tottenham rocked as star man Bale ruled out for three weeks with hamstring tear

TOTTENHAM’S hopes of bouncing back from last week’s crushing 5-2 north London derby defeat have been dealt a major blow after Gareth Bale was ruled out of Sunday’s Premier League clash against Manchester United.

Harry Redknapp’s side suffered their fifth league defeat of the season at Emirates Stadium after they squandered an early two-goal lead and must aim to reignite their flagging title hopes minus the services Bale, who damaged a hamstring training with Wales this week.

It is understood the tear is a grade one – the least severe – but the usual healing times of between 10 and 21 days for such an injury means he will miss the FA Cup replay against Stevenage on Wednesday and potentially trips to Everton and Chelsea in the Premier League as well.

Spurs, who now trail second-placed United by eight points and leaders Manchester City by a further two, will also be without England skipper Scott Parker who was sent off in the closing stages of the defeat against Arsenal for a second bookable offence.