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The Welsh midfielder returned to action in Spurs' 3-1 victory over Manchester City on Sunday and hails the "fantastic turnaround" that kept his side gunning for the top four

Tottenham star Gareth Bale has spoken of his delight at his return from injury in his side's 3-1 victory over Manchester City on Sunday.

Despite taking the lead through Samir Nasri, City saw a resurgent Spurs score three times in seven second-half minutes to turn the game around and grab all three points.

Bale was a key contributor, having recovered from an ankle problem to play the full 90 minutes at White Hart Lane and he told Spurs TV of his injury: "It was alright. It was touch-and-go whether I'd play but I got through it OK.

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"It was a bit sore, mainly in the first half. I got a bit more confidence in the second and obviously I got through it OK. It's just about managing it now and just carrying on."

The Welsh wizard set up Clint Dempsey for the hosts' equaliser before scoring the third and securing a priceless victory.

"It was amazing. I think as soon as we scored the first everybody had that belief and confidence, the fans raised the noise and gave us that belief to go forward and thankfully we were able to score two more after that," he enthused.

"I think we knew it was a massive game going into it and obviously going 1-0 down was a bit disappointing but the lads showed their character, they showed what we've got in the team and it was a fantastic turnaround.

"It was a great comeback, great team spirit and hopefully we can carry that into the last five games."

Bale's performance illustrated why he made the six-man shortlist to win PFA Player of the Year and the 23-year-old is thrilled to be in contention.

"It's massive," he remarked. "It's obviously great for players to vote for you. Hopefully I do win and to be nominated is fantastic. Fingers crossed."

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