Real Madrid attacker Gareth Bale is turning out to be an “expensive loan signing” for Tottenham.
That is the view of former Everton and Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 31-year-old’s latest injury setback.
Spurs boss Jose Mourinho revealed on Tuesday that the Wales international would be out for “a few weeks” with a calf problem sustained in the EFL Cup win over Stoke City.
Bale has started just one Premier League game since rejoining the club from Real Madrid on a season-long loan deal in September.
According to the Evening Standard, Spurs will pay just under £15million for the Welshman’s services this term.
When asked by Football Insider for his thought’s on Bale’s latest injury setback, Campbell said: “It was always going to be a risk with Gareth Bale.
“He is a player who has suffered a lot of injuries. That is a risk you take because you know the quality he brings to the table.
“Unfortunately, injuries are part and parcel of football but he is getting more and more niggles the older he gets. Spurs need to manage him as best they can.
“Right now it is looking like an expensive loan signing because he has not featured as much as they would have liked.”
Speaking ahead of Spurs’ game against Fulham, which has now been postponed, Mourinho told Sky Sports: ”No, I don’t expect Gareth to be fit.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a serious injury, but I would say a few weeks.”