Premier League - Bale could face Monaco

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed he expects Gareth Bale to be back in training on Wednesday and could be in line to face Monaco at the weekend.

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Gareth Bale of Tottenham Hotspur (AFP)

Bale was again a spectator in Hong Kong as Tottenham recorded a 6-0 Barclays Asia Cup thrashing of South China.

The Welshman has failed to recover from a buttock injury, although conspiracy theorists point to the timing of his absence, which has coincided with intense speculation about a bid from Real Madrid.

Villas-Boas refused to discuss Bale's future, but he insists the £80million-rated winger will be training again after Tottenham have returned to England.

"He is going to be fit to join the team for training on Wednesday," he said.

"There is a big possibility he could be fit for Monaco.

"He hasn't done any training with the team yet but in all of the pre-season friendlies we had before he was involved.

"We are confident he will be able to join us."

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