Tottenham's hopes of an upset when it faces AC Milan in this week's UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg took a serious blow with the news that Gareth Bale is still out with a back injury. Tottenham coach Harry Redknapp had been confident that Bale could recover in time to travel to the San Siro, but the 21-year-old will have to stay behind.
Bale isn't the only offensive contributor that is expected to miss the match, though. Peter Crouch and Luka Modric are not fully fit, and Jermaine Jenas is suspended.
Rafael Van der Vaart, who missed this weekend's Premier League victory over Sunderland, is battling a calf injury, but reports suggest he will be in Redknapp's squad.
The injuries could provide major implications on Spurs' offense, which has scored a European-best 18 goals in Champions League play this season.
Here are a few more stories from around the soccer world:
TERRY NO LONGER SHOE-IN FOR STARTING XI
January signing David Luiz is expected to start in Monday's Chelsea-Fulham London derby, adding more pressure on captain John Terry.
According to reports out of England, manager Carlo Ancelotti told Terry that his place in the starting lineup is no longer guaranteed and that he plans to use a rotation including Terry, David Luiz, Branislav Ivanovic and Alex in central defense going forward.
FAVRE APPOINTED M'GLADBACH MANAGER
Borussia Monchengladbach has named Lucian Favre as its new manager following the abrupt sacking of Michael Frontzeck over the weekend. The 53-year-old Favre, a former Swiss international, will take over the club starting Tuesday and will face the daunting task of saving a club that currently sits at the bottom of the Bundesliga table.
Monchengladbach, which loaned American International Michael Bradley to Aston Villa in January, has conceded a record 56 goals in the Bundesliga this season.
OSASUNA FIRES CAMACHO
Osasuna is in the market for a new manager after firing Jose Antonio Camacho.
Camacho, a former player and coach for Spain and Real Madrid (among other teams), was in his third year at the helm of Osasuna. Although the club is just three points behind 12th-place Hercules, Osasuna currently sits in the relegation zone, with just 22 points from 23 games. Among its five victories this season is a 1-0 triumph over Real Madrid.
Reports in Spain suggest that former Valldolid coach Jose Luis Mendilibar is the favorite to take over for Camacho.
Do you think Tottenham can hang with AC Milan without Bale and Van der Vaart? How do you see Terry's benching going over at Stamford Bridge? Do you see Favre being successful at Monchengladbach? Think Osasuna should have let Camacho go?
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