Redknapp refutes Welsh Bale claims

Tags: 2016/17 Premier League

Published: 10:05 25/03/2011

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has dismissed claims by the Welsh national team that Gareth Bale was already injured when he arrived to train ahead of Saturday's clash with England, in their EURO 2012 Group G Qualifying match.

The news comes after Gareth Bale, Wales and Tottenham Hotspur star, was ruled out for around 10 days with a hamstring problem while training with Gary Speed's Wales. Bale reported for duty heavily expected to feature in the game at the Millenium Stadium, especially having completed 90 minutes for Tottenham in their previous game against West Ham.

However, there are reports that Wales officials' are claiming that Bale was injured upon arrival at their training camp this week. Redknapp has refuted this claims and responds

"I wouldn't have let him go if he had an injury," Redknapp commented.

"There was no sign of a hamstring injury. He's not come in after the game and said his hamstrings were tight."

"When he left here on Saturday, off he went and he certainly wasn't injured."

"He hasn't had a hamstring injury. He had a back, then he had a tight thigh and we've been very careful with him."

"Now he's got a hamstring. He must've done it with Wales. I'm not blaming anyone. It's no-ones fault"

"The first I heard of it was at 10 o'clock on Wednesday night when our physio called me. I feared the worst but he's seen our physio and it's only tightness."

"There's no tear but if he plays and it pings, he's had it."

Redknapp also remains hopeful that Gareth Bale will be fit enough to feature in Spurs' next fixture in the Barclay's Premier League against Wigan, days before their vital quarter-final clash against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League.