Gareth Bale’s Tottenham return debut set as Welsh star continues knee injury recovery

Gareth Bale is set to make his second Tottenham debut against West Ham next weekend after recovering from a knee injury, according to reports.

Bale became one of Tottenham’s most high-profile signings in recent years.

The Welshman inked a one-year loan deal with his old club after deciding it was time to leave Real Madrid.

Bale arrived while still nursing a knee injury, and hasn’t been included in any of Jose Mourinho’s matchday squads since his return.

However, that is all set to change after the international break, as The Telegraph claims he will be involved against West Ham next Saturday [17th].

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Bale wasn’t included in Wales’ squad for the current international break, and the winger used the opportunity to stay in north London and work on his fitness.

The 31-yer-old hasn’t played club football since late June, having been frozen out at Madrid by Zinedine Zidane.

He is expected to be used on the right wing by Mourinho once he is able to play, and will likely be forced to come off the bench against the Hammers next week.

Spurs have been on fire recently, and notched an impressive 6-1 win away at Manchester United last week to take them into the international break in good form.

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Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, insisted this week that Tottenham are good enough to challenge for the Premier League title if they utilise the Welshman correctly.

Discussing Bale’s return, Barnett said: “He loves it [at Tottenham]. The most important thing is he has got a smile back on his face and that he’s enjoying life.

“It had to be somewhere he wanted to go. For him, it wasn’t about money. If he was going to go somewhere it was going to be somewhere that he’d enjoy.

“He’s had offers and it wasn’t right for him. When Tottenham came knocking, it was right.

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“He’s had a hard time and now he’s going to enjoy himself. He deserves to be happy. He’s been probably one of Britain’s best ambassadors.

“[Bale wants to] Win the Premier League, without doubt.

“Tottenham have got a good squad, a great coach and with Gareth’s help I’m sure they will get very close.

“You only have to see the results from last week to see that it’s open.

“It kills me to say that because I’m an Arsenal supporter, but that’s the reality.

“He has nothing to prove to anybody. He’s won more than anybody else.

“He was one of the best three or four players in the world and I think he still is.

“If he succeeds, great, If not, he’s been there and done it. But, I think he will succeed.”

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