Tottenham defend Bale inclusion

Tottenham have rejected claims that Gareth Bale was asked not to play for Team GB and that the player’s recovery from a back injury was quicker than expected.

The Wales international was part of Stuart Pearce’s squad for the Olympics but pulled out due to injury, only to feature and score for Spurs in a pre-season friendly with LA Galaxy.

Despite accusations in the press of wrongdoing, the White Hart Lane club have defended their actions.

“The club considers the recent comment and accusations regarding Gareth Bale’s fitness relating to his non selection for Team GB’s men’s football team to be wholly unacceptable and unjustified,” a statement reported in The Daily Mail reads..

“For the avoidance of any doubt and on a point of absolute clarity and transparency – Gareth sustained an injury as he built up his fitness ahead of joining up with Stuart Pearce’s side.

“MRI scan reports were sent to the FA medical team on 29 June (2012). He was subsequently not selected on the basis of this injury and the inability to predict recovery time.

“This decision was not taken lightly and made only after consultation with Team GB’s medical team, who were in agreement after seeing the medical reports.

“At no time was Gareth made unavailable for selection. Indeed, Gareth made clear publicly on numerous occasions his desire to compete for Team GB and was extremely disappointed on hearing the news he would not be fit to participate.

“He is now focused on and determined to get fit for the season ahead and to this end we have brought out an additional member of our medical team on tour, dedicated to Gareth’s recovery,” it concluded.

By Gareth McKnight