Jose Mourinho has hinted that Sergio Regulion could be available to face Newcastle on Sunday – whilst Gareth Bale might return from injury quicker than first anticipated due to his “high motivation” to play for the club.
Regulion joined from Real Madrid in a £25m deal (according to the Evening Standard) on Saturday, whilst Gareth returned to north London on a season-long loan deal from the La Liga champions.
Bale started both of Wales’ Nations League games earlier this month, but picked up a knee injury against Bulgaria, and although the Spurs boss couldn’t confirm when the 31-year-old will be available for selection, he reckons he’ll be back sooner than expected.
“I don’t know when Gareth can be back,” said the Portuguese (quotes via Football.London). “The only thing I know is that his motivation is high.
“He’s so happy to be with the club of his heart, he’s so happy to play for us. And when a player has this motivation, many times you can shorten the period of recovery, you can shorten the period of getting fit and ready to play.
“We want to help him so when he’s available to train with the team, we’re more than happy to have him and help him back to a level that made him one of the best players in the world.”
Meanwhile, 23-year-old left-back Regulion, who won the Europa League whilst on loan at Sevilla last season, isn’t suffering from any injury problems and even though he’ll miss tonight’s Carabao Cup tie at Leyton Orient – if it goes ahead – he could feature this coming weekend.
Mourinho said: “You ask me about Sergio and I think Sergio will be quite quick. He is in the best period of his recovery.
“He’s training today (Sunday) with one of my assistants. He cannot play on Tuesday but I would say he will be available for us maybe for the end of the week.”