Gareth Bale has ruptured an ankle ligament and will miss Tottenham’s last two games of the season.

The winger had to leave the ground on crutches following the 1-1 draw against Blackpool on Saturday.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp was under no illusions as to how difficult the fight to close the six-point gap that separates his team and City would be, even before the seriousness of Bale’s injury had been confirmed.

“It will take a miracle,” said Redknapp, who knows anything but a win at Eastlands tomorrow will mean the end of the club’s top-four hopes.

“(City manager) Roberto Mancini has got a fantastic squad. They’re in a great position. They are six points ahead of us and they have a better goal difference by miles.”

“It’s a blow but we have been without Gareth quite a bit recently,” Redknapp added.

“He has had a fantastic season. The first three-quarters of the season he was unplayable, but over the last couple of months the injury situation has taken its toll on him. During that time he hasn’t quite been the same boy.”

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