It’s been just two and a half weeks since Gareth Bale limped out of our away game with Fulham but breaking news this evening confirms that the Welshman is back in full training. Even better is the suggestion that Bale is in line to return to the starting line up for Saturday’s game against Stoke.
“It’s good news,” said Andre Villas-Boas. “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.
AVB also took the opportunity to give updates on some of our other walking wounded.
“Michael was injured in the same game as Gareth and they’ve both returned to training. It’s great to have them back,” he added.
“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.”
Of the players named, Gareth is the most likely to walk straight back into the first team and that will be welcome news as we prepare to face a Stoke team who have conceded just four goals in their last nine matches.