Dawson defends Tottenham teammate Bale

Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Michael Dawson has come to the defence of Gareth Bale after it was suggested the Wales international had overreacted to a challenge by Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Bale had to be substituted during a friendly against Liverpool after a tackle by Adam left him writhing in pain. It was the second time Adam has been involved in an incident with Bale after previously injuring the midfielder with a tackle during his Blackpool days. Bale went so far as to call Adam a “coward” after this second altercation.

But Bale recovered from any injury received from Adam’s challenge sufficiently well to play 74 minutes of Spurs’ next friendly, against MLS side New York Red Bulls, getting on the score sheet in the process. That led to accusations Bale made too much of clash but Dawson insists his colleague’s discomfort was genuine.

Dawson said: “If you saw his ankle, you would see it was bruised. No way was he faking. You saw him leave at the weekend with a [protective boot on the ankle]. The physios have been working hard on him day and night. Some people heal quicker than others.

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