Tottenham boss José Mourinho has suggested Gareth Bale’s desire to return to the club could accelerate his highly anticipated Premier League comeback, as the forward recovers from a knee injury sustained on international duty.
Spurs anticipate Bale being match fit after the October international break but Mourinho is hopeful the 31-year-old could be available sooner.
“I don’t know when Gareth can be back,” Mourinho manager 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 and 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 [is] maybe one of the best players in the world.”
Mourinho did confirm though that Sergio Reguilón, who travelled with Bale to complete a £27.5m transfer from Real Madrid, could feature against Newcastle on Sunday.
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