Tottenham midfielder Gareth Bale may have started in Tottenham's 2-1 win over New York Red Bulls on Tuesday night, but he was in little mood to forgive Liverpool's Charlie Adam over a poor tackle on Saturday.
Bale keeping quiet on Adam controversy
Bale, 23, was left with a suspected ankle injury by the tackle, leaving the stadium on crutches, but a scan later revealed that little damage had been done.
Since the game, the incident has erupted with Bale branding Adam a "coward" for his challenge - an accusation labelled "outrageous" by the Liverpool player's agent.
It is the second time that the Scot has ended Bale's participation in a game in the past two seasons, with Adam causing damage to the Welshman's ankle ligaments while at Blackpool in 2011, leaving him on the sidelines for three months.
Bale, though, is in little mood to forgive his opponent for a tackle that could have done significant damage.
"There's been a lot of stuff in the media but I'm not paying too much attention to that, I just want to concentrate on my fitness," Bale told Sky Sports News. "The most important thing for me is to get match fit.
"I only trained this morning. I've had ice on it 24/7. I wanted to be fit for this game, I know there's not too many games left in pre-season and I wanted to get some minutes on the pitch. I was a bit concerned before the game, but then again I wanted to get my fitness up quicker and get ready for the Premier League season.
"I don't hold a grudge, I'm just not going to comment: people like that are not worth commenting on. He knows he did wrong in himself, so we'll just leave him to what he does."
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas added: "The question is, at what point can you arrive in a friendly to let the ball go past you and go into a professional's ankle the way Charlie did?
"We responded the way we felt was appropriate, bearing in mind the fact there was no apology from Charlie to the challenge, no response from Liverpool - we don't expect any response, neither are we going to pressure them in any way."