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Posted on 14 February 2011  - 12:00

Gareth Bale is out of our Champions League Round of 16 First Leg tie with AC Milan on Tuesday but Rafael van der Vaart should be fit to play at the San Siro.

Team News

Gareth Bale is out of our Champions League Round of 16 First Leg tie with AC Milan on Tuesday but Rafael van der Vaart should be fit to play at the San Siro.

Luka Modric has travelled to Italy but remains a major doubt after having his appendix removed just under a fortnight ago.

So it means Gareth will not return to the scene of his memorable hat-trick against Inter in the group stages of this competition back in October due to the back problem that has ruled him out of the last four games.

Harry said: “It’s a big loss to us but he’s got a problem with his back. We tried to push him on a little bit but he broke down again on Saturday morning and we couldn’t take a chance with him really.”

The manager also hinted that this game may be coming around a bit too soon for Luka as well, adding: “He joined in yesterday and will do a little bit tonight but at the moment I wouldn’t see him starting the game.”

On a more positive note, he continued: “Rafa’s ok. He had a calf strain and came off against Bolton but should be ok.”

Meanwhile, Peter Crouch will face a late fitness test having received a painkilling injection in his back, while Jermaine Jenas is suspended for the clash.

Longer-term injuries Ledley King, Tom Huddlestone and Younes Kaboul have also stayed at home.