Former Tottenham captain Michael Dawson has backed Real Madrid loanee, Gareth Bale, to put his injury troubles behind him and come up clutch at Tottenham. Dawson and Bake both played for Spurs before the Welsh winger was snapped up by Real Madrid back in the 2013 summer transfer window for a then-world-record fee.

Bale became a frustrated figure at Real Madrid after falling out of favor with the Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane and was subsequently frozen out of the first team. After some months of sitting out games both in the league and Champions League fixtures, Bale finally found an escape route when his former club came knocking on Madrid’s door to take back their former star on loan.Things have not gone quite as planned for both Bale and Spurs since then as different injuries coupled with a suspected minor fall-out with manager José Mourinho meant that he would have to battle really hard to get into the first team. While the current season has been similar to the last few ones at Real Madrid, it is believed that he is in a better mood than he was while at the Los Blancos.

Part of the reasons why Bale has not gotten enough time on the pitch is because he came to the club at a time when Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min are having one of their best seasons together at the London club. As a result, Portuguese manager Mourinho prefers the duo upfront to spearhead the club’s attack.

Dawson, speaking on Sky Sports, said he was disappointed to have seen Bale come on against Fulham in the 1-1 draw. Dawson said it was a huge risk and could have caused more damage to his injury problems but backed the Wales international forward to be patient with his injury and come back to his very best for the club.

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