Gareth Bale ‘will have to wait a month for his second Tottenham debut after arriving injured’ following knee problem picked up on international duty with Wales
- Gareth Bale was given a heroes welcome as he is set to return to Tottenham
- The Welshman is on the verge of joining on a one-year loan from Real Madrid
- However the Welshman could miss the first month of action due to a knee injury
Tottenham have reportedly received some bad news about Gareth Bale just as the Welshman is about to make his long-awaited return to the club.
The 31-year-old, along with full-back Sergio Reguilon, have both been at Tottenham’s training ground on Friday as they finalise a move to the Premier League club.
Bale however has been suffering from the effects of a minor knee problem he picked up on international duty with Wales earlier this month.
Gareth Bale arrived at Tottenham’s training ground on Friday as he is set to return to the club
And Marca have now reported that Spurs fans ‘will have to wait a month’ to see Bale make his return in the Tottenham shirt.
It would mean that Bale would miss an intense run of fixtures for Jose Mourinho’s side over the coming weeks.
Bale will be put on an intensive personalised fitness programme to get him up to speed due to the injury and his lack of recent matches, having played just 215 minutes of football for club and country since February.
Spurs fans might have to wait for his second debut due to an injury he received with Wales
The winger had long fallen out of favour at Real Madrid with manager Zinedine Zidane and was often left on the bench.
Spurs will prepare a meticulous schedule to get him 100 per cent fit as soon as possible.
Bale, who underwent medical tests in Madrid, arrived to a hero’s welcome from jubilant supporters when he arrived at the club’s training ground, seven years after leaving to join Real Madrid in a then world record £86 million transfer.
The Wales international, 31, agreed a season-long loan earlier this week, with Real Madrid subsidising at least half of his £500,000 per-week wages.
The deal, which as revealed by Sportsmail will cost Spurs £13m in wages, does not include an option or obligation for Spurs to buy Bale though they will have an option extend the loan for a second year.
Jose Mourinho’s side are set to bring Bale and full-back Sergio Reguilon from Real Madrid
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is keen to retain an option to bring Bale back to the Bernabeu next summer, despite the player’s fall-out with manager Zinedine Zidane.
Spurs have also finalised the capture of Real left back Sergio Reguilon. The club have agreed a £27.5 m deal with a further £4.5 m due in add-ons.
He has signed a five-year deal, with Spurs agreeing to Madrid’s demand for a £36.5 m buyback clause — a demand Manchester United refused in their pursuit of the player — which can be activated in the next two years. Neither deal was completed in time for the pair to be involved in their trip to Southampton.
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