Tottenham injury blow as Gareth Bale not set to be fully fit until ‘late November’

Tottenham loanee Gareth Bale is reportedly not set to return to full fitness until late November. Bale completed his stunning return to Tottenham from Real Madrid on Saturday, seven years after leaving the north London club for a then world-record £85million. However, he has arrived back at Spurs with a knee injury that is set to keep him sidelined for another four weeks.

Spanish outlet AS claim Tottenham already had a specific plan in place for Bale to return to fitness.

However, that plan has been delayed following the news of his knee problem.

AS say Bale will now spend time recovering from the injury before starting on the schedule Spurs have for him.

The report states Bale could still feature in some capacity from October 17, with Premier League games scheduled against West Ham, Burnley and Brighton.

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However, the aim is for the 31-year-old to be at full match sharpness towards the end of November, with the visit of Manchester City on the 21st of the month before clashes away at Chelsea and at home to Arsenal.

Speaking after Tottenham’s 5-2 win over Southampton on Sunday, manager Jose Mourinho conceded he did not know when Bale would be back playing.

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“I don’t know when Gareth can be back,” Mourinho said.

“The only thing that I know is that the motivation is high, he is so happy to be with a club of his heart, he is so happy to play for us.

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“When a player has this motivation, many, many times you can shorten the period of recovering and shorten the period of getting fit and ready to play and we want to help him.

“So when he is available to train with the team, we are more than happy to have him and to be back to a level that may be one of the best players in the world.”

Bale was delighted to return to the club he spent six years at before joining Real.

“It’s nice to be back. It’s such a special club to me,” he said.

“It’s where I made my name, what an amazing club, amazing fans. It’s incredible to be back.

“Hopefully I can get some match fitness, get underway and really help the team and hopefully win trophies.

“I think it’s such a special club, I always thought when I did leave that I’d love to come back. The opportunity now has arisen, it’s a good fit, a good time for me, I’m hungry, I’m motivated, I want to do well for the team and I can’t wait to get started.”

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