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When Gareth Bale is likely to make his second Tottenham debut as Man Utd clash looms

Wales Online logo Wales Online 17/09/2020 Chris Watson

Gareth Bale's return to Tottenham Hotspur could be completed soon - but when will the Wales star actually be playing in the Premier League again?

Bale looks set to rejoin Spurs on a loan deal from Spanish giants Real Madrid, while teammate Sergio Reguilon is set to sign for Tottenham permanently.

FootballLondon report the new arrivals are set to be announced on Friday, with the aim of getting both players through the door ahead of Sunday's clash against Southampton, Bale's former club.

Both Bale and Reguilon are likely to meet conditions which will allow them to avoid quarantining upon their arrival in London, Sky Sports say, with the outlet reporting the players will need to have returned negative Covid-19 test results within five days before entering the UK.

Could they be in line for their debuts this weekend?

According to Premier League rules, players must be registered by 12pm on a Friday if they want to participate in the matches that weekend, so Spurs are in a race to get both players officially signed by midday on September 18 if they are to feature at St Mary's.

However, given Bale's knee injury and a lack of match fitness, a debut this weekend would appear unlikely, with around a month a more likely timeframe.

Bale has previously been linked with a move to Manchester United, who Jose Mourinho's men play at Old Trafford on October 3. Before then, Spurs face Newcastle on September 27.

An international break follows that, during which time Wales have three matches.

Ryan Giggs' side face England in a friendly at Wembley on October 8, before a UEFA Nations League double header away to Republic of Ireland (October 11) and Bulgaria (October 14).

A possible Spurs second debut could also potentially materialise at home to London rivals West Ham United on October 17.

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