The Welshman re-signed for Spurs on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid this month – seven years after leaving N17 for what was then a world-record fee.
But he returned to north London with a knee injury and has not yet made his second debut for the club where he made his name,
Bale was joined at Spurs by Real Madrid team-mate Sergio Reguilon, who made his debut in the Carabao Cup win over Chelsea on Tuesday night.
Initial talk after Bale joined Spurs was that he would be ready to return after the international break, which starts after this weekend’s Premier League games.
However, there was also talk that the flying forward was so desperate to play that he may get ready before the international break.
Tottenham take on Maccabi Haifa in the Europa League on Thursday night, before a Sunday afternoon clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford.
And head coach Jose Mourinho was asked whether Bale would be able to play in either of the matches before the international break.
He said: “Bale cannot play tomorrow or at the weekend. He’s working very hard and very professionally, but not yet for tomorrow or this weekend.
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Seven years after leaving the club for a then world-record fee, Bale is back in north London, signing a season-long loan deal with Spurs.
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“I believe the two weeks of international will be important for his fitness and recovery to be back for the weekend after. We’ll see.”
But there was potentially better news on the Son Heung-min injury front, who had been expected to be missing until after the international break too after picking up a hamstring injury against Newcastle United.
Mourinho added: “Sonny of course is not playing tomorrow. He’s a doubt for Sunday, a big doubt. I don’t want to say he doesn’t play and then he does because my position is in doubt.”