AVB blasts Charlie Adam’s ‘very nasty’ tackle on Gareth Bale
Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas reveals there are fresh injury concerns over Gareth Bale's fitness
Andre Villas-Boas has hit out at Charlie Adam for the “very nasty” challenge that forced Gareth Bale off during Tottenham’s pre-season friendly against Liverpool on Saturday.
Adam’s dangerous challenge on Bale in the 19th minute went unpunished, but the Wales international had to be substituted at half-time and was seen leaving the M&T Bank Stadium with a protective cast on his left ankle.
The 23-year-old winger was forced to withdraw from Stuart Pearce’s GB football team with a back injury, and Villas-Boas slammed Adam for the former Blackpool captain’s reckless tackle.
“I think it was a very nasty challenge from Charlie,” said Villas-Boas.
“The player had gone and he came in from behind on Gareth’s ankle. I did not know the previous history between the two. I do now.
“It is a difficult one to be fair. You do not want to end up in a game with Liverpool with 10 men.
“At half-time Charlie came to me and said something about the challenge. I can accept that but I think he should go to the player to say sorry.”
“If the player escapes hospital it is because he is very lucky. The last time he was out for three months and in the end it is the Premier League that suffers without a player of Bale’s talent.”
The pair have previous history, with Adam injuring Bale during Blackpool’s visit to White Hart Lane in 2011, which resulted in the winger missing three months due to ankle ligament damage.