Gareth Bale will “probably” make his second debut for Tottenham against West Ham on Sunday, says Jose Mourinho.
Bale, 31, has been continuing his recovery from a knee injury since re-joining Spurs on loan from Real Madrid in September.
The Wales international has been involved in full training for the last two weeks, and Spurs manager Mourinho said he is in “good condition”.
“Probably he plays Sunday, if he doesn’t he will on Thursday,” he said.
“He is very, very close.”
Tottenham face Austrian club LASK in their opening Europa League Group J match on Thursday.
“Of course he wants to play. He’s wanted to play since the day he arrived but it wasn’t possible. I’m not going to tell you if he’s going to play or not.
“What I will tell you is that he’s working very well. He’s working the way he probably hasn’t been able to do for some time.
“The planning of the recent sessions had a big focus on him. His condition is good.
“Does he play Sunday or Thursday? We haven’t made a decision yet. Every player is a very important player but the Gareth situation is very special because of the history. We care about him as much as he does for Tottenham.”