Gareth Bale pictured in Tottenham training for first time since completing loan move from Real Madrid

Gareth Bale has been pictured taking part in individual training for the first time since returning to Tottenham on loan from Real Madrid. The 31-year-old forward has been struggling with a knee problem which he picked up while representing Wales during the last international break and the injury means he is yet to make his second debut for Spurs.

Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho confirmed that Bale would not be in contention to feature against Manchester United in the Premier League this weekend but the sight of the attacker working on his fitness is a positive sign for the north London club.

Bale appeared in good spirits as he stepped up his work with the ball and took part in running drills with a member of Tottenham’s coaching staff.

‘Working hard,’ the Wales superstar posted on Twitter on Thursday morning.

Mourinho is hoping Bale is back up to speed with his fitness after the international break and is targeting Tottenham’s clash with West Brom on November 7 as a possible comeback date for the Welshman. ‘He’s working hard, very committed, very professional, very happy, but not yet for tomorrow or for the weekend,’ Mourinho said at his press conference on Wednesday. ‘I believe that the two weeks of the international break can be important weeks to his last phase of recovery and fitness problems, hopefully, to play when we’re back the weekend after the national teams. ‘We’ll see if it is possible to arrive there.’