Gareth Bale's return to Tottenham Hotspur could be completed soon - but when will the Wales star actually be playing in the Premier League again?
Bale looks set to rejoin Spurs on a loan deal from Spanish giants Real Madrid.
However, it could be a month before the 31-year-old is back in domestic action.
Bale is apparently still in Spain and, due to the UK Government's Covid-19 rules, would have to quarantine for two weeks on his arrival.
That would mean he could not start training with his Spurs team-mates until at least early October.
Bale has previously been linked with a move to Manchester United, who Jose Mourinho's men play at Old Trafford on October 3.
It looks highly unlikely that Bale would be available for that mouth-watering showdown, for the reasons explained above.
An international break follows that, during which time Wales have three matches.
Ryan Giggs' side face England in a friendly at Wembley on October 8, before a UEFA Nations League double header away to Republic of Ireland (October 11) and Bulgaria (October 14).
Bale - who has been frozen out at Madrid - could get a chance to build up his match fitness during that time.
Then, he could potentially makes his second Tottenham debut at home to London rivals West Ham United on October 17.
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