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Tottenham's Tom Huddlestone free to play in Champions League clash with Inter Milan
Published : 06 Oct 2010 11:52:20Rss feed
Huddlestone, outstanding in Tottenham's 4-1 win over FC Twente at White Hart Lane last week, appeared to elbow the Twente forward Marc Janko in the face. Later, Janko claimed that Huddlestone deliberately "smashed his arm into my face" and left him with a nose bleed. Related ArticlesSpurs takeover of Olympic stadium 'could cause riots'Olympic Stadium a real option for TottenhamVan der Vaart gives Redknapp headacheTottenham 2 Aston Villa 1Tottenham v Aston Villa: liveRedknapp quiet on stadium preferenceHuddlestone avoided any direct action from Norwegian referee Terje Hauge but Uefa confirmed that they would consider video evidence after receiving the official's report. Today [Wednesday] a spokesperson from Uefa said: 'We have heard this morning that the disciplinary unit, having looked at the incident, has decided not to open a case.' Spurs will be without another midfielder, Rafael van der Vaart for the trip to face Inter Milan in a fortnight after the Dutchman was sent-off against Twente. Harry Redknapp, the Spurs manager, admitted he was concerned that Huddlestone could be banished, agreeing that there appeared to be contact. 'He doesn't shirk anything; he's aggressive in a quiet way,' said Redknapp. 'He's not nasty. It wasn't a great incident the other night, to be honest, was it? "But it's not like Tom to do anything. I've never sort of seen him lose his rag too much. But you won't change the way the way he is.' The news will be a big boost to Spurs, who are still in a position to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League after taking four points from their opening two group games. 'He's a great passer, with both feet. He doesn't know if he's left-footed or right-footed. They feel exactly the same, which is amazing. "He'll take corners with his left foot, corners with his right foot. It's a great advantage when people can't close you down. "They think, 'We'll close him, keep him on his right, on his left side, or whatever, but they can't with him. He can ping it. "It gives him much more passing options to have two great feet, you know.' Tottenham midfielder Gareth Bale, meanwhile, has admitted that he was trying too hard to impress and, having relaxed, his game has improved. The Welshman, who will face Bulgaria in Cardiff tomorrow, is enjoying an outstanding season for Spurs and said: "Before, perhaps I was trying to impress too much and suffering under the pressure that comes with that. "I guess I just feel a lot more relaxed about everything now. When I was initially given my chance I felt I had to try and prove things, try to show the world I was capable of playing in the Premier League. It wasn't easy but hopefully I've done that and it's allowed me to relax a bit more and enjoy it. "For me, that's what's been key because it's helping me be at my best, to be able to play without worries. I've enjoyed every second of it but there's still more I can do. I want to improve, keep getting better and keep enjoying my football. That's what's happening at the moment, I'm enjoying things and it's bringing the best out of me."
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