Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that Garth Bale is yet to be able to play 90 minutes every game.
, who is on loan fromReal Madrid
, has been a standout player forTottenham
in recent weeks and helped his side return to the fight for a top-four spot.
cannot risk overplaying him as he may become fatigued in case injury strikes.
Speaking ahead of Tottenham's last-16 first-leg tie againstDinamo Zagreb
in the Europa League on Thursday, Mourinho told reporters:
"I want to keep the momentum going but I need to manage him.
"The communication is very good and I think he trusts me. In this moment we are deciding together what to do.
"The other day during the [Crystal Palace] match I found Andre Marriner the fourth official was finding it annoying because we were talking so much.
"I was asking '10 minutes more? 20 minutes?'. He's playing very well.
"The relationship with him is very good I think and of course I would like him to play 90 minutes in every game but he can't."