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Bale back in training

Published 19/12/2012 | 18:14

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Gareth Bale is closing in on a first-team return

Tottenham's Gareth Bale is in line to face Stoke at the weekend after recovering from a hamstring injury.

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The 23-year-old has been sidelined since Spurs' 3-0 win at Fulham on December 1 but is back in training. Michael Dawson also picked up a hamstring problem at Craven Cottage and has recently rejoined training.

"It's good news," Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas said in relation to Bale on the club's website.

"First for the player because he wants to be back in the group and he's made a tremendous recovery. He's worked extremely hard.

"Michael was injured in the same game as Gareth and they've both returned to training. It's great to have them back.

"Benoit (Assou-Ekotto) is also recovering his fitness, along with Scott Parker. Scott is a little ahead of Benoit, but he's getting back into shape and back into contention."

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