Last Updated: Sat, 24 Aug 2013 11:24
Andre Villas-Boas doesn't expect Gareth Bale to be at White Hart Lane for the Swansea game on Sunday as he nears a move to Real Madrid.
The Tottenham chief appears to have accepted that the Wales international winger will soon be a Madrid player as his reported world-record £93million switch to the Santiago Bernabeu edges closer.
Bale has barely featured for the north Londoners over their summer pre-season preparations while he missed last Sunday's opening win at Crystal Palace and Thursday's 5-0 Europa League romp against Dinamo Tbilisi because of a foot injury.
As a result, Villas-Boas would not have expected to see Bale for the game against the Swans, while his impending move to the Spanish capital means there is no chance of him being present.
"We have no rules for or obligation for players not selected to be on the bench or in the stadium so I don't expect Gareth to be seen at the club," Villas-Boas said.
Meanwhile the Portuguese tactician feels Bale's exit will hand another player an opportunity to step up and fill the void created in the side.
He added: "Whenever a team is missing an important player it is a chance for other players to step up their game.
"In the end there will always be an opportunity for other people to shine through. Other players are taking that responsibility on board.
"A player like Andros Townsend is an example but others can follow the same footsteps. We have done so in the game against Crystal Palace and Tbilisi.
"Our game is much more collective and we are able to score inside the six-yard box which is not very common for us - last season we were the team that scored most from outside the box."
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