Bertrand: I feared for my safety against Senegal

The Chelsea defender feels he was lucky to have escaped injury after Team GB endured a bruising opening encounter at Old Trafford

Team GB left-back Ryan Bertrand has admitted he feared for his Olympic tournament during their opening match against Senegal, with the Africans' physical approach forcing Joe Allen and Craig Bellamy off early due to injury.

Stuart Pearce's side took an early lead in the game through Bellamy, but were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw after a late equaliser by Moussa Konate, and Bertrand was simply grateful there was no further damage.

“There were some horrific challenges. I was fearing for my safety," he told reporters.

“I have cuts on my shoulder and I am sure [Craig] Bellamy is feeling down."

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Swansea defender Neil Taylor, was another player lucky to escape injury, after a poor first-half challenge and Bertrand felt his team-mate had had a lucky escape.

“It was lucky Taylor jumped for one tackle — if he hadn’t he could have been really hurt,” he added.

Team GB take on United Arab Emirates in their next group game on Sunday, the UAE opened their Olympic campaign with a 2-1 defeat to Uruguay.