Frank McAvennie is adamant Tottenham will bring Gareth Bale into the side “as quickly as they can” after it was revealed that the winger would be unavailable for a month due to injury.

The Irons and Celtic legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, fears that the 31-year-old will be fit to return in time to face his former club West Ham next month.

The Lilywhites confirmed on Saturday that the Wales international had returned to the club seven years on from his departure to Real Madrid.

Bale, who joined Spurs on a season-long loan deal, faces close to a month out with a knee injury and is expected to return in some capacity from mid-October.

Jose Mourinho’s side welcome West Ham to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on 17 October and it could be the fixture in which Bale make his long awaited second debut for the club.

When asked by Football Insider if he was excited by the prospect of Bale lining up against the Hammers next month, McAvennie said:

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“It is great for the Premier League but it is a nightmare that no fans will be able to see him (in person) but it will be great to watch on tele.

“I am concerned that he will not be ready until late October because Spurs play West Ham on the 17th so I am hoping it is after that!

“Spurs will get him back as quickly as they can because they would not spend that type of money on him unless they want him to play right away.”

Bale has played relatively little football over the past 13 months having been frozen out of the Real Madrid side by Zinedine Zidane.

He made 20 appearances for Los Blancos in the 2019/20 campaign and score three goals.

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