Old Trafford

Next Game

Man Utd v Tottenham

Saturday, 08 August 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Tottenham cool on Africa duty

Tottenham have insisted they have plenty of striker firepower to deal with Emmanuel Adebayor departing for the Africa Cup of Nations.

Last Updated: 03/01/13 at 16:52 Post Comment

Emmanuel Adebayor may still be available for Tottenham's busy schedule in Ja

Emmanuel Adebayor may still be available for Tottenham's busy schedule in Ja

Andre Villas-Boas is likely to rest a number of his star players following a gruelling yet successful festive period for the north London club.

Adebayor is expected to retain his place for this weekend's FA Cup tie against Coventry after finding the net for just the third time this season against Reading on New Year's Day.

But after the next league fixture on 14 January when they head for QPR to face their former manager Harry Redknapp, Spurs may have to wave goodbye to Adebayor.

"We don't know yet whether he will go," assistant manager Steffen Freund said. "We have to wait. "I think the preparations of most of the teams have started already.

"We would love him in the squad and that he would not go to the African Nations Cup, but it's a massive tournament and we respect his decision."

Togo play Niger on Saturday and then hold a six-day training camp in Ghana before the tournament, yet it is unclear whether their star striker will meet up with the squad due to a row over unpaid bonuses.

Considering Tottenham's only other recognised striker is Jermain Defoe, they have been linked with a host of other stars, including Leandro Damiao, Fernando Llorente and Willian.

Yet Freund appears to think Spurs have enough players to cope should Adebayor be absent for a while.

"We have been successful with and without him in the team," Freund added. "He was injured for eight games and we had a really good run without him, and with him we are strong.

"We have Defoe and Clint Dempsey, they can play up front. So can Gylfi Sigurdsson."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

D

on't go to England at your age, you'll either be mugged or not appreciated. Or made to lump the ball long to a bloke who looks like a mascot.

megabrow (cufc)
Beckenbauer warns Schweinsteiger

F

rom the headline I presumed he meant boots, pants, jim-jams, toothbrush and paste, passport, tickets, premier inn long-term package, Scouse-English-Portuguese-German dictionary, 'How to be a 9 and 3/4' by B. Rodgers, few dozen tins of food and Evian because you can never be sure about the local food/water...

KevinBoatang
Firmino has 'everything' for PL - Willian

H

e looked like he was playing with a plastic pound shop ball in the wind against Juve, his passing was so bad.

paddy7s
Sergio Ramos: Exactly What United Need

Footer 365

Guardiola will let Schweini decide future

Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola has told Manchester United target Bastian Schweinsteiger he can make up his own mind on his future.

Dean Hammond signs new deal with Leicester City

Leicester midfielder Dean Hammond has signed a new contract with the club after his previous deal expired.

Giggs urges youngsters to impress

Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs has urged the club's youngsters to seize their chance to impress boss Louis van Gaal.

Mail Box

Nani's Failure Still Leaves A Sour Taste

It's a decent afternoon Mailbox, with thoughts on Paulinho, Nani, the future of women's football and yet more of your annoyances. These will be the last of them...

Media Must Maintain Women's Momentum

England being English was tough luck but the media must build on the increased interest in the women's game. Also, mails on Turan, United aiming too high and BAPs...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company