Bale fit to face Fulham but Mourinho won’t rush Lo Celso return

Bale has returned to form in recent weeks, with two goals and two assists in his last two Premier League appearances, as well as strikes in both legs of the Europa League last-32 win over Wolfsberger. 

The Welshman’s upturn has sparked hope that he could yet play a big part in Spurs’ season after an underwhelming first half of his loan spell from Real Madrid, but Mourinho knows he must manage the 31-year-old’s fitness. 

When asked whether Bale would be able to feature against the Cottagers, Mourinho said: “I believe so. Start the game, being on the bench, I don’t know. We have to decide. 

“He’s such an experience guy so of course his opinion is v important. But good reaction, good recovering session and he will be involved. I repeat: bench or starting but he’ll be there.”

Lo Celso has been a long-term absentee, having been out with a hamstring injury since December, but the Argentine has recently returned to training. 

Mourinho says, however, that he is not ready to risk the midfielder after so long out.

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“[He’s] training with the team but it was a big injury, we’re not going to risk [him] yet. In fact, we don’t want to risk, we want to bring him to the team and competition when there’s no risk. 

“One week, two more weeks. Apart from that, everyone OK. One more training session after this but everyone OK.”

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