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Great to have Bale back - Harry

Posted on 7 March 2011  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp feels Gareth Bale will reap the benefits of his 20-minute return at Wolves on Sunday.

Great to have Bale back - Harry

Harry Redknapp feels Gareth Bale will reap the benefits of his 20-minute return at Wolves on Sunday.

The flying winger made his first appearance since a back problem forced him off at Newcastle United on January 22.

But you’d hardly have noticed that he’d been away as a thriller ended 3-3 at Molineux.

Within minutes of his return he’d taken off on one of his trademark runs, leaving full-back George Elokobi in his wake before seeing his cutback evade both Jermain Defoe and Luke Modric.

Playing on the right, he was a threat throughout that final 20 minutes and came close to making it 4-2 when Wayne Hennessey managed to save a one-on-one chance with his legs. Unfortunately, further chances came and went and Wolves levelled three minutes from time.

“It would have done Gareth the world of good to have come on and play like that,” said Harry. “It was his first exertion for about six weeks.

“When he came on and started running with the ball it was exciting, we've missed that in the last five or six weeks.

“He's running 50, 60 yards, carrying the game to the opposition and it makes a massive difference. How we didn't score when he went through, I'll never know.

“It's great to have him back and if we can get him back fit we're a threat to any team, with Gareth and Lennon, with that pace.”

Harry added that Gareth had ‘every chance’ of starting the huge Champions League last of 16, second leg against AC Milan at the Lane on Wednesday night.

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