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Bale to sit out hoops clash

SHAMROCK ROVERS were handed a boost yesterday with reports that Spurs winger Gareth Bale will be rested for the sides' Europa League clash on Thursday.

Bale has endured some heavy tackles this season and manager Harry Redknapp is reluctant to risk his prize asset ahead of the North London derby on Sunday.

"It's not nice but I suppose it's a compliment when you're playing well and people want to drag you down," said Bale.

"There have been two sent off in the last two games, so they can keep kicking me if they want as long as they get sent off."

Irish Independent