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Ryan Mason claims Tottenham star played through some pain recently

Tottenham’s interim boss Ryan Mason has claimed that attacker Gareth Bale was recently playing through the pain for his side.

Bale, 31, has enjoyed a decent run of form under temporary boss Mason, who will take charge of his last game on Sunday.

Spurs wrap up their Premier League season away to Leicester City on Sunday, and still have a job to do to consolidate seventh and a European spot for next year.

Bale is in line to make his last appearance too before he returns from his loan to parent club Real Madrid.

The Welsh forward has 14 goals in 33 appearances since a romantic return to his ex-club Spurs, but he’s perhaps not done as much as some optimistic supporters hoped for.


Mason is convinced that Bale’s sole focus isn’t on Wales’ European Championship campaign this summer, revealing that he’s even played through some pain lately to show his commitment.

“He’s been excellent. Last weekend was the most minutes he’s played in the Premier League all season, pushing close to 90 minutes. I think if you were to look at Gareth in that moment he looked fit, he looked strong, he was brave, he added a different dimension for us and he has quality as well,” Mason said, as quoted by Football London.

“That spike in terms of the minutes played he felt his quad. In terms of him thinking about this summer, I don’t believe so because he was out there the other night playing through some pain, playing through a problem he had for me, for himself and for the football club.”

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TBR’s View:

Despite the fact he’s not the Bale of old with lightning pace anymore, he’s still quick enough when he goes through the gears and he’s far more intelligent now with his experience.

He’s scored some stunning goals this season, and it won’t be a surprise to see him shine for his country Wales at the upcoming international tournament.

The left-footer will be desperate to go out with a bang against Leicester this weekend, and he’s still capable of the spectacular.

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