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Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale. Photo: Clive Rose/Getty Images

Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale. Photo: Clive Rose/Getty Images

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Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale. Photo: Clive Rose/Getty Images

Jose Mourinho believes Gareth Bale is ready to show he is back to his best when he starts Tottenham's Europa League game against Royal Antwerp this evening.

The Welshman has had to bide his time following his return to north London last month, with a knee injury delaying his introduction to Mourinho's side.

He made his second debut against LASK Linz last week, and looked well off the pace, but Mourinho says Bale is now reaching peak condition.

"Bale is playing and we all have not just the feeling, but also the data that Bale is arriving," Mourinho said.

"He is working very hard. He is being quite a great example for everybody. A big guy like him, travelled to Burnley, stayed on the bench for 90 minutes, didn't play one minute.

"His behaviour as a team guy is incredible. His behaviour as a Tottenham man is remarkable, and he is coming.

"I can see just with my eyes, but then the scientific data is also coming, and he is working very well.

"He is improving a lot and I think we can see already Gareth at a good level and hopefully he can fly because he is working very hard. So he's playing."

Mourinho has confirmed he will make other changes, with a number of players rested from Monday night.

Eric Dier and Tanguy Ndombele have not travelled to Belgium as they are rested with Sunday's game with Brighton in mind.

Return

Elsewhere, Celtic have been boosted by the return to fitness of French striker Odsonne Edouard and Israel midfielder Nir Bitton for their trip to Lille. The duo missd the last three Hoops matches due to contracting Covid-19 on international duty.

Israel defender Hatem Elhamed, who also caught the virus while away with his country, is on the way back but has remained in Glasgow.

Greek goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas, who missed Sunday's 3-3 draw with Aberdeen at Pittodrie with a back problem, has made the trip to France.

Lennon said: "Elhamed has stayed behind. Bitton and Edouard have travelled. They are up to speed to play a part in the game. Whether we start them or not, that is something that we have to assess.

"Nir had it pretty heavy in terms of how much it took out of him. Physically he is getting there.

"Odsonne, it's not been too bad for him. He seems pretty strong now, he has had a few days longer than Nir in terms of training with the boys and training on his own.

"Elhamed seems to have recovered quite well and hopefully he will be available at the weekend."

"Vasilis' back seems to be OK, he has an ongoing shoulder issue but nothing too strenuous."

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