Tottenham have been handed a fitness boost ahead of their clash with Fulham in the Premier League on Thursday.
Besides Giovani Lo Celso, Jose Mourinho has a fully fit squad to choose from with the boss confirming this week that despite the pile-up of games, Gareth Bale would be fit to play a part this week.
When asked if he was able to feature, Mourinho told reporters in his pre-match press conference: “I believe so. Start the game, being on the bench, I don’t know.”
“We have to decide. He’s such an experienced guy that of course his opinion is very important. But good reaction, good recovery sessions. He will be involved. I repeat, bench or starting, but he will be there.”
This should be music to the ears of Spurs supporters and indeed the manager too.
Bale hasn’t had an easy start to his second spell in north London. He’s only started three Premier League games for instance.
However, he has shown over the last few weeks that he is slowly rediscovering his best form. Because of that, news that his fitness is up to scratch as they prepare to welcome Fulham is game-changing.
Bale scored a sumptuous strike during the 4-0 win over Burnley last time out. It was shades of the old Welshman as he cut inside and then curled a delightful effort past the goalkeeper. That wasn’t his only involvement in the match, however, as he netted twice and also claimed an assist.
In his last four outings, the 31-year-old has scored four goals and also registered three assists for his teammates. The forward is beginning to play a lot more football now and his involvement will be key to determining the outcome this evening.
Mourinho should be delightful that he can finally rely on the Welshman to play a consistent part in the starting XI. His form of late has been utterly devastating.
That and his improved fitness is surely a major boost to Tottenham’s chances of pushing for a place in the Champions League.