Gareth Bale looks primed to make his second Tottenham debut against West Ham on Sunday, with boss Jose Mourinho suggesting he will “probably” play.
The Wales international has been stepping up his training at Hotspur Way during the international break as he recovers from the knee injury which has so far delayed his Spurs comeback after returning on a season-long loan from Real Madrid.
Bale has impressed the club’s staff in training this week and Mourinho could be ready to throw him in against the Hammers on Sunday.
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“Of course he wants to play. He wanted to play since the day he arrived, and it was not possible,” Mourinho said.
“Probably he plays Sunday, if he doesn’t he will on Thursday, but he’s there, he’s very, very close.
“What I can tell you is that he’s working very well – probably he’s working the way he was not able to do for quite a long time.
“The last week and this week, especially Monday or Tuesday, the planning of the sessions had a big focus on him. And he’s in pretty good condition.
“To win against West Ham is the only thing that matters in this moment. Every player is a really important player, but the Gareth situation is quite special because of his history in the past couple of seasons.
“We care as much about him as he cares about Tottenham, and we are going to make the best decision for him and for the team.
“It’s a physical thing. He didn’t have any pre-season and even in the period after the lockdown he didn’t participate in much with Real Madrid.
“Then he plays a couple of matches with Wales and he had an injury there. So it’s not just about coming and needing a week of work to be at the level.
“It’s more global than that. We don’t want him to be rushed. We want him to feel comfortable, we want him to make the decision of, ‘Yes I’m ready, yes I’m ready to go’.
“It’s more about that, but he’s working so well. It’s just evolution in every thing, every data and every aspect of his condition. He’s there, he’s there.”