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Tottenham's Bale to miss Olympics
30 June 2012 Last updated at 09:24 GMT
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By Nabil Hassan BBC Sport
Tottenham winger Gareth Bale will not be available to play for Team GB's football side at the Olympics after aggravating a back injury in training.
Bale, 22, was set to be named in manager Stuart Pearce's 18-man squad that is being announced on Monday.
The Welshman was due to be one of the star names in the squad, but following medical advice was forced to withdraw.
It is the latest blow to the profile of the football side after David Beckham revealed he had missed out on Team GB.
Beckham was expected to be one of the three over-23 players named in the squad, but former Manchester United team mate Ryan Giggs was named instead as well as Liverpool's Craig Bellamy and Manchester City defender Micah Richards.
Former England captain Beckham had made Pearce's shortlist of 35 players but was overlooked for the final squad and admitted to being "very disappointed" at missing out.
Bale signed a new four-year contract with Tottenham on Wednesday but now faces a race against time to be fit for their season opener against Newcastle United on 12 August.
More to follow.
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