Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho said Friday that Gareth Bale will “ probably” play against West Ham in the Premier League on Sunday , in what would be his first Spurs appearance after rejoining the club on loan from Real Madrid .
The Wales international has spent the past two weeks training after a knee injury delayed his return to the Spurs side after seven years in Spain.
“ Of course he wants to play ,” Mourinho said. “ He wanted to play since the day he arrived, but it was not possible .
“ I am not going to tell you if he is going to play. What I can tell you is that he is working very well , he is working in a way he was not able to do for a long time.
“ The last week , especially Monday , Tuesday , Wednesday , the planning of the sessions had a big focus on him and he is in pretty good condition . ”
Mourinho confirmed that Harry Kane will start the game on Sunday having arrived back from international duty fit.
Eric Dier is a doubt due to the injury he picked up with England , while Giovani Lo Celso and Japhet Tanganga are out injured .
Mourinho described his chairman Daniel Levy as a “ genius” for his work in the transfer window this summer .
Along with Bale , Spurs brought Pierre -Emile Hojbjerg , Matt Doherty , Joe Hart, Sergio Reguilon and Carlos Vinicius to the club .
“ Mr Levy showed once more that when he wants and when he is really involved he is a genius in the way he makes deals happen , ” he said .
“ More than I was expecting. We were talking about different targets but I never thought we would go so far as we did, but I can only praise what the board did for the team . ”
( AFP )
Tiger Woods Hospitalised After Car Crash
US golfer Tiger Woods was hospitalized Tuesday after a car crash in which his vehicle sustained “ major damage , ” the Los Angeles County Sheriff ’s department said .
Woods, the sole occupant, was removed from the wreckage by firefighters and paramedics and taken to a local hospital for treatment , a statement said.
The extent of his injuries was not known . The roll -over collision near Los Angeles did not involve any other vehicles .
FIFA Clears Eight Players For Super Eagles
FIFA has cleared eight new players for the Super Eagles.
Fulham’s forward Ademola Lookman is on top of the list.
Others on the list are:
* Jordan Torunarigha Hertha BSC
* Nathan Tella Southampton FC
* Tosin Adarabioyo Fulham FC
* Ovie Ejaria Reading FC
* Noni Madueke PSV
* Sheyi Ojo Cardiff City
Arsenal Complete Martin Odegaard Signing
By Agency Report
Arsenal have made an official statement to confirm that they have signed Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid on loan. The 22-year-old Norwegian international has joined the Premier League heavyweights for the remainder of the 2020/21 season.
Odegaard was touted for big things upon returning from his impressive loan spell at Real Sociedad, having been recalled from a two-year spell with La Real early, last summer. However, the 22-year-old has struggled to nail down his spot in Zinedine Zidane’s side, managing just nine outings in all competitions till date. His situation alerted Arsenal, who have quickly moved to sign him.
The interest from Arsenal makes a great deal of sense, seeing as they have lacked a genuine creative powerhouse in the squad this season. While Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka provided respite in recent weeks, the Gunners have still been in need of another out-and-out attacking playmaker, especially following the infamous departure of Mesut Ozil.
On his part, the young Norwegian was intent on temporarily leaving Real Madrid, which brought Arsenal on the verge of signing him this week. With Los Blancos unwilling to let him join Real Sociedad again, Arsenal became the favourites to sign him and have now secured his services. Upon his arrival, Mikel Arteta expressed his delight at having landed Odegaard.
The Arsenal boss said, “It’s great that we’ve secured Martin to come to us until the end of the season. Martin is of course a player that we all know very well and although still young, he has been playing at the top level for a while. Martin will provide us with quality offensive options and we’re all excited to be integrating him into our plans between now and May.”