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Gareth Bale. Photo: PA

Gareth Bale. Photo: PA

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Gareth Bale. Photo: PA

Gareth Bale could miss Tottenham's next four matches after Jose Mourinho revealed that the Wales attacker was struggling with a calf injury.

The Real Madrid loanee is not now expected to be available for up to a fortnight.

The 31-year-old was taken off at half-time in Tottenham's Carabao Cup tie with Stoke City as a precaution and was not included in the squad which travelled to Wolves last Sunday. Bale is out of the Premier League clash with Fulham tonight and Mourinho has admitted the Welshman could miss the start of next year's games.

Tottenham face Leeds in the Premier League on Saturday, before the Carabao Cup semi-final against Brentford and the FA Cup tie at non-League Marine on January 10.

Mourinho said: "I don't expect him to be fit (for Fulham) and also I have my doubts that Lucas (Moura) and (Carlos) Vinicius can be fit for Fulham. I wouldn't say it (Bale's injury) is serious, but I'd say (he will be out for) a few weeks."

Scrutiny

Tottenham have not won in the league since December 6 and Mourinho's tactics came under scrutiny in the 1-1 draw at Molineux. Tanguy Ndombele had given Spurs the lead after only 57 seconds before Romain Saiss equalised four minutes from time.

Ndombele's displays this season have been one of the positives for Mourinho, with the £54 million midfielder now challenged to prove he can last 90 minutes.

The French midfielder has been substituted in all of his Premier League starts this season.

Mourinho said: "We are happy, apart from a couple of matches where his performances were not good, (but) overall there was a big evolution.

"I believe, to play at this intensity - Premier League intensity - and to last for 90 minutes is another step in the direction of his fitness. But he's a player who is playing very well and is giving some good things to the team.

"There are players that naturally have different qualities than others. Some are very physical, some very intense. Others are more explosive, but they don't last for 90 minutes.

"In his case, he's adapting to a league that is not new for him, but let's forget last season, where he didn't play much and he had lots of injuries.

"This season I believe (for him) to play at this intensity and to give the team what it needs with and without the ball, it's not easy for him to last 90 minutes."

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