Gareth Bale to make first appearance back at Tottenham against West Ham on October 17

Gareth Bale is set to make his first appearance back at Tottenham Hotspur next weekend

Gareth Bale is set to make his first appearance back at Tottenham Hotspur next weekend after making progress in training following his loan from Real Madrid.

The Wales forward, 31, arrived back at Spurs carrying a knee injury but has fully recovered and will be involved in the Premier League clash against West Ham United next Saturday. He was deemed close to full fitness ahead of the victory over Manchester United but it was decided not to risk him.

Bale was left out of Ryan Giggs’ squad for the international break and he missed the defeat against England at Wembley to concentrate on his comeback to Spurs after seven years at the Bernabeu. 

He has been training at his club’s new Bulls Cross facilities and is on course to make a second debut for the club. Those working closely with him at Spurs have seen a determination to succeed after falling out of favour under Zinedine Zidane at Real and not making his matchday squads at the end of last season.

Spurs also signed Carlos Vinicius on loan from Benfica to bolster Jose Mourinho’s options when the season restarts. They made a permanent £27.5million move for Sergio Reguilan.

Mourinho will be hoping Bale can start playing immediately, although he will be monitored as he hardly played during football’s restart in the coronavirus pandemic. He was an unused substitute for six games towards the end of the La Liga season, then left out of the Zidane’s matchday squad entirely on the final day of the campaign. 

While on international duty with Wales, Bale revealed he was willing to return to the Premier League and criticised Real for blocking his move to China a year ago, with the move coming about quickly with time left in the transfer window.

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