Gareth Bale has returned to Tottenham on loan from Real Madrid.

The 31-year-old Wales forward is back in the Premier League having fallen out of favour under Zinedine Zidane in the Spanish capital, but he isn’t fully fit.

Spurs could go another five matches without having Bale in their team, with Jose Mourinho’s men desperate to build on their opening day defeat at home to Everton.

The former Southampton defender will have to watch on as they go to battle on Sunday, and is also set to miss further matches against Leyton Orient, Shkendija, Newcastle and Manchester United.

Gareth Bale won't be able to make his second Tottenham debut until October
Gareth Bale won't be able to make his second Tottenham debut until October

Bale isn’t expected to make his second debut for the club until after the international break in October, which will give Mourinho plenty of time to think about where he will fit into the team.

The club have said: “We currently anticipate that he will be match fit after October’s international break.”

The injury was picked up by Bale during his recent international break with Wales, and will not have been a surprised to Spurs who were aware of his current status before the deal was confirmed.

The forward tweeted on Saturday: “To all the Spurs fans, after 7 years, I’m back!

Gareth Bale has admitted that he had always expected a Tottenham return
Gareth Bale has admitted that he had always expected a Tottenham return

Bale has been joined in the move by Real Madrid colleague Sergio Reguilon and Daily Star Sport columnist Paul Merson is looking forward to seeing Bale star alongside Harry Kane.

Writing in his latest column, Merson said: "Gareth Bale coming back to Tottenham is great for them and great for Harry Kane. Those two could be electric together.

"But Bale would have to be Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi rolled into one to get Spurs into the top four this season.

I think they are a long way short of that even with Gareth Bale - who is an amazing signing for them.

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Gareth Bale returns to Tottenham after scoring more than 100 goals for Real Madrid
Gareth Bale returns to Tottenham after scoring more than 100 goals for Real Madrid

"It’s a real ‘Wow Moment’ for me. I’m completely and utterly shocked because he is a special player leaving a special club in Real Madrid. He’s not getting a move to a club like Bayern Munich or Juventus any more. Those days are gone.

"But things have obviously changed for Bale in Madrid. He’s running out of time to finish his career somewhere he can enjoy playing his football.

"It’s always been said he didn’t want to go back, that he loved life in Madrid too much, and that Tottenham couldn’t afford his wages.

"But I think he just wants to enjoy his football again, and if Real are helping with his wages it’s a no-brainer."