Bale did not fake Adam injury, insists Tottenham defender Dawson

The winger left Baltimore on Saturday with a protective boot on after a challenge by the Scot, only to play 74 minutes against New York Red Bulls just four days later

Tottenham centre-back Michael Dawson has defended his team-mate Gareth Bale after questions over the severity of the injury caused by Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam were raised.

Bale branded the Scot “a coward” after a challenge during a pre-season game left him in a protective boot, only for the Welshman to play and score in Tottenham’s 2-1 win over New York Red Bulls less than four days later.

It Is not the first time that questions have been raised over Bale’s injuries after he pulled out of Team GB for the Olympics with a back injury, only to play in Tottenham’s opening game of their US tour.

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And Dawson has leapt to the winger’s defence, telling reporters: “There is no way Gareth was faking it.

“If you saw his ankle you would see it was badly bruised.

"The physios have been working hard on him day and night. Some people heal quicker than others. You always worry with ankles. I've had ankle injuries and you know they can be sore and you never know how bad they are until the swelling comes up.

"Once there is fluid in the ankle, it takes time to come down. Fortunately, Gareth didn't do his ligaments."