Mourinho reveals chances of Bale facing West Ham; two key Spurs men out

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Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has rated Gareth Bale’s chances of making a second debut for the club against West Ham on Sunday.

The Wales international has spent the last two weeks training at Hotspur Way after a knee injury delayed his return to the Spurs side following his loan move from Real Madrid.

“Of course he wants to play,” Mourinho said. “He wanted to play since the day he arrived, but it was not possible.

“I am not going to tell you if he is going to play, what I can tell you is that he is working very well, he is working in the way he was not able to do for a long time.

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“The last week, especially Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, the planning of the sessions had a big focus on him and he is in pretty good condition.”

The Spurs chief also commented on Bale’s positive change in demeanour since his return to north London.

He added: “We are all happy with that. It was great to hear from Sergio Reguilon, who was in the dressing room with him in Madrid, that Gareth looks like a different guy.

“If he can go home and share that happiness with his family then that’s great.”

Kane to start; duo on sidelines

Mourinho confirmed that Harry Kane will start the game on Sunday having arrived back from international duty fit.

“He arrived not injured, he arrived in condition to start the match on Sunday. That is the most important thing for me,” the Portuguese added.

Eric Dier is a doubt due to the injury he picked up on international duty for England. Giovani Lo Celso and Japhet Tanganga are also out injured.

Mourinho added: “It’s the hamstring [for Lo Celso]. Hopefully not too long.”