Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho has revealed Gareth Bale will miss the “next few weeks” with a calf injury.
Missed ball Spurs draw in Premier League at Wolves Sunday after being withdrawn at half-time from the Carabao Cup quarter-final victory over Stoke last week – a match in which he scored a header to put his team in front.
Mourinho revealed after Stoke’s game that the Welsh international could not return for the second half due to a calf problem, and the Spurs boss has now said the forward is likely to miss the next few weeks .
Asked if Bale would be fit to face Fulham on Wednesday, Mourinho said: “No, I don’t expect Gareth to be in good shape. I wouldn’t say it’s a serious injury, but I would say a few weeks.”
Tottenham are winless in four Premier League games and host a Fulham side who have lost just one of their previous six.
Scott Parker’s side have drawn in their previous four games in the league, conceding just twice, and Mourinho believes he has discovered a new style of play in recent weeks.
“Fulham is now playing in a different way, they have forgotten some of the principles they believed in,” he said.
“They have new playing principles and they are getting very positive results. It’s going to be difficult.”
Gareth Bale has only made one Premier League start for Tottenham this season and has recorded just 161 minutes on the pitch.
If he had been at Real Madrid yet, those numbers would have drawn familiar criticism from Bernabeu boss Zinedine Zidane – “why isn’t he playing him ?!” – and raised speculation that the Wales striker must be unhappy to be sent off.
Three months after returning to Tottenham, that’s not quite the case. But Spurs fans will soon have the right to wonder when they’ll see more of their returning hero, whom the club, let’s not forget, is paying a hefty sum of money.
His 45-minute cameo against Leicester was his last league outing – but, after missing the previous two games due to illness, Bale watched the pace and struggled to get into the game and turn things around for them. Spurs.
Healing from a knee issue has been at the heart of the matter – and Spurs signed the forward knowing they should be patient. But is his return to shape and form now taking longer than expected?