Pundit Exclusive: Spurs fans will know true status of superstar injury 'Very, Very Soon'
Michael Brown has claimed questions will start to be asked of Gareth Bale if he fails to start playing more minutes for Tottenham over the coming weeks.
The former Spurs midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, suggested the 31-year-old may still be working his way up to fitness after limited game time under Jose Mourinho.
The Spurs loanee has started seven times – once in the Premier League – since returning to north London but has not played a full 90 minutes under Jose Mourinho yet.
He was brought off just before the hour mark in Tottenham’s win over Royal Antwerp on Thursday night.
Brown has admitted he is willing to give Bale the benefit of the doubt over his fitness but admitted it could come into question if he does not start to feature more regularly.
Brown told Football Insider: “We don’t know the situation of Gareth Bale’s injuries and his training loads, how he’s working.
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“In the next couple of weeks, we’re going to then start saying: ‘Why is Gareth Bale not fulfilling the amount of minutes that we would expect from him?’ That’s coming.
“So at the moment I’d say okay, tread with caution, let’s try to understand the situation – top of the league, through in the Europa League, is he being protected? We’ll find out very, very soon.”
Bale’s longest runout for Spurs this season was the 82 minutes he got against LASK in the Europa League.
He has played a total of 116 minutes in the Premier League, with his one start lasting 78 minutes.
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