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Strugglers might get Baled out.

Byline: STAN COLLYMORE

I HIT the panic button when Gareth Bale twisted his ankle against Basel.

As an Aston Villa fan I've been relying on him and his Spurs side to help send down some of our rivals!

Spurs face Wigan, Southampton and Sunderland towards the end of the season and suddenly I wonder if those teams are about to get a lucky break if Bale doesn't recover in time.

If I feel like that as a Villa follower, heaven knows how Tottenham fans feel about the prospect of being without their hey push for a and the Europa main man as they push for a top-four spot and the Europa League final.

Spurs are not a one-man team but - like Barcelona with Lionel Messi - Bale is their cherry on the cake. He gives them something no-one else can.

He may not be sidelined for as long as first feared, and that is good news for me as well as Spurs.

But it is also a reminder to Tottenham's other men that they cannot rely on their Welsh wizard too much. They will all have to step it up over the next couple of weeks while he is not there.

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Title Annotation:Sport; Opinion, Columns
Publication:The People (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Apr 7, 2013
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