London: Welsh winger Gareth Bale has failed in his battle to be fit for Tottenham's Champions League clash with AC Milan on Tuesday due to an ongoing back injury.
Bale, who terrorised Inter Milan's defence on his last trip to the San Siro in the group stages, did not travel with the squad when they left for Milan for the last 16 first leg tie on Monday.
Spurs manager Harry Redknapp, speaking on Sunday, told Sky TV: "I'd like to be able to scare Milan and say Gareth's going to be available, but he's not. He's struggling to get over this back injury.
"The specialists don't see too much of a problem there. There's nothing that should keep him out too long... but we've got to make sure he's right. He's a young lad and he's very important. He's got a great future in front of him.
"On Sunday morning, when the fitness coaches started to push him a bit, he couldn't go on. He doesn't feel he's ready to play. We've got to take our time and make sure he's right when he comes back."
Tottenham limbered up for their date with Milan with a 2-1 win over Sunderland in the Premier League on Saturday, while their Tuesday hosts thumped Roma 4-0 in Serie A.
On a more positive note for Redknapp Rafael van der Vaart, who missed Saturday's game at the Stadium of Light with a calf problem, is expected to line up.
Striker Peter Crouch (back) and midfielder Luka Modric (appendicitis) remain doubtful.