Jose Mourinho admits he’s still in the dark as to when Gareth Bale will be fit to make his second Tottenham debut.
The Welshman is suffering with a knee injury sustained on international duty, and is facing a month on the sideline.
Tottenham were aware of Bale’s injury prior to signing him on a season-long loan in a deal worth £20million last week.
But Mourinho admits after a closer assessment the club is no closer to knowing when the 31-year-old will be ready to play.
“I don’t know when Gareth can be back,” said Mourinho. “The only thing that I know is that the motivation is high, he is so happy to be with a club of his heart.
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“When a player has this motivation, many, many times you can shorten the period of recovering and getting fit.”
Bale joined Tottenham on loan from Real Madrid, with his team-mate in Spain, Sergio Reguilon, putting pen to paper with Spurs on the same day.
Bale said: “It’s nice to be back. This is such a special club to me. It’s where I made my name. What an amazing club, amazing fans, and it’s just incredible to be back.
“Hopefully now I can get some match fitness, help the team and win trophies.
“I always thought when I did leave that one day I would love to come back, and the opportunity has now arisen. I feel like it’s a good fit, it’s a good time for me, I’m hungry, I’m motivated, I want to do well and can’t wait to get started.”
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