Speaking to the press, via football.london, Tottenham Hotspur interim boss Ryan Mason has shared that winger Gareth Bale is a ‘question mark’ to start against Aston Villa this afternoon.
The Lowdown: Bale playing regularly…
After signing on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid last summer, Bale spent the first half of this season barely featuring – with the winger starting just four Premier League games by December 20 (Transfermarkt).
However, the turn of the new year has seen Bale feature far more regularly and has even become a mainstay in the eleven under Mason.
He was also one of Spurs’ highest-rated players (7.6) during their last outing against Wolves (SofaScore).
The Latest: Mason says Bale is now a ‘question mark’
Speaking to the press, when asked if the 31-year-old can start another game so soon, Mason explained:
“I am not sure,” (via football.london).
“Gareth was probably the best I have seen him all season at the weekend. He was sharp, he was running at players, he has that confidence back of playing in repetitive games and he feels confident in his body. He also knows his body. He is a question mark for tomorrow.
“We are not sure whether or not he is going to be ready. It is down to the player, he is experienced enough. We’ll see.
“Like it was with Serge, if a player doesn’t feel 100 per cent, I don’t feel confident enough, we have enough players ready, enough players competing, that want to play. If a player doesn’t feel 100 per cent and it is not right then he won’t play.”
The Verdict: Blow for Spurs?
As Mason explains his doubts over whether Bale will be able to start, supporters will be hoping he is indeed fit enough given they’re still in the hunt for a Europa League place.
Indeed, the attacker has impressed in has last few outings and Spurs could use every ounce of quality available against a stubborn Villa side this afternoon.
Lauded as an ‘exceptional player’ by Mason, Lilywhites supporters will surely be hoping he will play some sort of part today.
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