Tottenham assistant manager Joao Sacramento has confirmed that Gareth Bale will start Spurs’ Europa League game against Royal Antwerp tomorrow.

Since re-joining on a season-long loan last month, the 31-year-old Welshman has made two appearances.

Bale was a second-half substitute in the 3-3 draw against West Ham last Sunday before starting Tottenham’s Europa League opener against LASK on Thursday – in which he claimed an assist in his 62-minute cameo.

However, with Monday’s game at Burnley hanging in the balance, Bale was an unused substitute at Turf Moor, despite warming up for large parts of the second period.

Bale looked a certainty to start against the Belgium’s, but it’s exciting to see Tottenham confirm the news.

Speaking to the official website, Sacramento said: “I can tell you that we will make some changes but like in every previous match, the changes don’t mean that the team is weak.

“We believe that with the squad that we have, even with rotation, the team will keep the level and the quality of play.

“Tomorrow, Gareth Bale will start. Gareth is improving a lot – in terms of fitness level, his condition is much, much better, he’s feeling better every day and with the interaction that we have with him, he’s feeling very positive and we believe that soon he will be at his top level again.”

Bale hasn’t looked at his best in his first two outings, but the faster he gets minutes in his legs and returns to full fitness, the quicker Mourinho and spurs will start to benefit.



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