Gareth Bale is in line to make his second Tottenham debut next weekend – but is set to start from the bench.
The Wales international, 31, has recovered from the knee injury that he was carrying when he returned to Spurs and is training fully with the first-team squad.
But Jose Mourinho and his coaching staff are set to gradually phased Bale back into first-team football after such limited game time over the last year.
A Spurs source has told Football Insider that the plan is for Bale to make his second debut for the club he lit up during his first spell.
The forward is unlikely to make the starting XI against West Ham in next Saturday’s Premier League clash.
That is not just because Spurs thrashed Man United 6-1 last weekend without him but because Mourinho wants to avoid pushing him too quickly.
Bale is fully fit but was left out of the Wales squad for the international break and has hardly played since football’s restart in July after the lockdown.
The Tottenham staff are delighted at what should be strong competition for the attacking positions in the team.
Spurs also signed Carlos Vinicius on loan from Benfica to bolster Mourinho’s options.
He is effectively look to perm three, at the most four, from Harry Kane, Son Heung-Min, Bale, Lucas Moura, Dele Alli, Erik Lamela, Steven Bergwijn and Vinicius.
Bale has returned to Tottenham after a seven-year spell at Real Madrid, although he has only joined on an initial loan.