Stoke on Saturday.

The Welsh winger has been sidelined since the start of the month, after suffering a hamstring injury in the Londoners’ 3-0 win over Fulham.

It was suspected that Bale would be unable to return until the New Year, but Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas revealed that his star man is close to making a full recovery:

“It’s good news,” AVB responded when asked about the wideman’s progress by SkySports.

“First for the player because he wants to be back in the group and he’s made a tremendous recovery. He’s worked extremely hard.”

Centre-back Michael Dawson suffered a similar injury in the same game, and AVB confirmed that he is also in contention to make his comeback:

“Michael was injured in the same game as Gareth and they’ve both returned to training. It’s great to have them back.”

The Portuguese coach went on to state that left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Scott Parker are also nearing full fitness:

“Benoit Assou-Ekotto is also recovering his fitness, along with Scott Parker. Scott is a little ahead of Benoit, but he’s getting back into shape and back into contention.”