Gareth Bale looks set to wait another four weeks before he makes his second Tottenham debut, according to reports. Bale flew to London on Friday to complete a season-long loan to Spurs. However, The Telegraph claim a knee injury is set to rule the 31-year-old out of action until after the next international break.
That means Bale may not make his first appearance back at the club he left seven years ago until the London derby against West Ham on October 17, or the trip to Burnley on October 24.
Bale picked up the knee problem while with the Wales squad earlier this month.
Tottenham do not see it as a serious problem and were already prepared to give the winger time to reach full match fitness.
The injury is the latest in a string of fitness issues Bale has suffered in recent seasons.
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He is set to miss at least five matches, with Spurs set for an extremely busy period in the coming weeks.
If Jose Mourinho’s side progress in both the Carabao Cup and Europa League then the club could face a run of nine games in 21 days.
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Mourinho labelled the fixture congestion a “total joke” ahead of this weekend’s match at Southampton.
“This is a joke, this is a total joke, but here we go,” Mourinho said.
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“We were very, very lucky that Leyton beat Plymouth because Plymouth would be very, very far for us.
“But at this moment we are in Bulgaria, Saturday we will be in Southampton, Wednesday we will be flying again to Macedonia and so on and so on.
“It’s quite dramatic but I would prefer to be in this competition so let’s fight until we can.
“I’m concerned with the players’ welfare, I’m concerned that injuries can happen.
“Everybody in every club is always concerned about the Christmas period and this is much more than the Christmas period.
“So when 20 clubs are concerned with the accumulation of matches around the Christmas fixtures then imagine what we feel in this moment. So, yes, we are concerned.
“But the people who make these decisions forget that one English team – not Tottenham – one English team could be us, could be Spurs, could be Wolves or Sheffield or another one. They forgot this situation is not possible.
“I don’t think it’s about people who make these decisions, it’s not about people not caring about players, I think it’s just the wrong people in the places.
“It’s not people who understand anything about football, they have no idea.”
Bale is set to be joined at Spurs by £27million left-back Sergio Reguilon, who flew with him from Madrid.
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