Relief for Villas-Boas as Bale escapes serious injury after Adam challenge
21:42 GMT, 30 July 2012
Andre Villas-Boas breathed a huge sigh of relief with the news Gareth Bale has escaped serious injury from Charlie Adam's controversial tackle.
But the Portuguese has called on the Scotland midfielder to apologise for the challenge that left Bale in a protective boot.
Tottenham were left fearing the worst on Saturday after the Liverpool midfielder went in hard on Bale, injuring the Wales winger's left ankle during the 0-0 pre-season draw in Baltimore.
Back in training: Gareth Bale jogs during a practice session at Red Bull Arena in New York
Bale had a precautionary scan last night to determine the full extent of the injury, but the Spurs forward took part in light training yesterday ahead of tonight's clash against New York Red Bulls.
'Needless to say, we are extremely relieved Gareth has not been seriously injured,' said Villas-Boas.
'There is previous history between the two players on the challenge that was done I think three years ago.
Down in pain: Bale reacts in agony after a tackle by Adam
'Adam being called a coward It’s Gareth speaking and he felt strongly after the match bearing in mind the player didn’t go to him to apologise for what was considered a difficult and nasty challenge.
'The words came out of his mouth and I’m sure he said it in full consciousness.' He added: 'Will we take it any further We are discussing it within the club but in my opinion, the matter is dealt.
'But it would be extremely human for Charlie to come out with an apology. But you can’t force people to say anything and we will have to wait and see.'