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Jose Mourinho believes Gareth Bale is “arriving” at peak physical condition and confirmed he will start tonight against Royal Antwerp, who are unbeaten so far this season in all competitions, and sit atop Belgium’s First Division A
Bale has been building up his fitness following a knee injury which put the brakes on his second spell at the club following his loan return from Real Madrid.
The Wales international played 60 minutes against LASK last week and looked rusty before being an unused substitute in the 1-0 win at Burnley on Monday.
Mourinho is ready to unleash him against the Belgians and expects him to “fly”.
“Bale is playing and we all have not just the feeling, but also the data that Bale is arriving,” he said.
“He is working very hard. He is being quite a great example for everybody. A big guy like him, travelled to Burnley, stayed on the bench for 90 minutes, didn’t play one minute.
“His behaviour as a team guy is incredible. His behaviour as a Tottenham man is remarkable and he is coming.
“I can see just with my eyes but then the scientific data is also coming and he is working very, very well.
“He is improving, he is improving a lot and I think tomorrow we can see already Gareth at a good level and hopefully he can fly because he is working very hard. So he’s playing.”
Mourinho confirmed that Eric Dier and Tanguy Ndombele have not travelled with the squad as they are rested ahead of Sunday’s match against Brighton.
Mourinho will make several changes, with the likes of Davinson Sanchez, Steven Bergwijn, Harry Winks and Carlos Vinicius likely to join Bale in the starting XI.