Spurs held after Bale opener

by Matthew Harris on July 25, 2012

Spurs drew their opening game of the current US tour against a strong LA Galaxy side after Gareth Bale turned in a Gylfi Sigurddson cross to put his side ahead.

A first half equaliser levelled the scores but the headlines focussed on injury news after the match. Bale himself was the main focus after withdrawing from the Team GB Olympic squad but he played for most of the 90 minutes here.

‘You could say that we took a risk. If you recall ten minutes into the game he was stretching himself so he was feeling a little bit of muscle tightness but it was controllable and we just let him carry on,” said Andre Villas-Boas after the game.

‘We just welcome his recovery, that is the most important thing for me, to have a player of his dimensions available.’

The reports on Bale tended to mask more worrying injury news over Rafael van der Vaart and Kyle Walker both of whom limped off in the game. The head coach suggested afterwards that neither knock looked to be serious.

‘We are looking at three or four days for both, hopefully,’ AVB added.

‘Reassessment is always important, I wouldn’t like to extend myself without the knowledge of both injuries but Van der Vaart felt a little tight in his abductor and Kyle slightly in his ankle

‘But both should be back.’

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