Adebayor losing race for fitness

by Matthew Harris on October 3, 2012

Tomorrow evening’s Europa league tie against Panathinaikos would have given Andre Villas-Boas the perfect opportunity to give Emmanuel Adebayor a run out as an alternative to Jermain Defoe as the lone striker.

However, reports suggest that the Togolese is making good progress from his hamstring problem but he isn’t 100% and is unlikely to play any part in the match.

Ade returned to White Hart Lane after a protracted transfer and on arriving back at Spurs, the club considered that he was lacking in match fitness. As he worked his way back, the hamstring injury struck and we can only guess at his frame of mind right now.

Jake Livermore and Kyle Naughton will also sit this one out but the fixture does give AVB the chance to give Hugo Lloris another opportunity in the Spurs goal.

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SilberSpurs October 3, 2012 at 3:04 pm

This is bad news. I knew they shouldn’t have let Kane leave on loan. You need 4 strikers, I’m sorry, and we only really have 2.5 as Deuce is not an out and out striker.
Still, AVB should start Dempsey to give Defoe a rest, and only bring on Defoe if we’re chasing a result.
My starting XI:
Lloris
Mason Caulker Dawson Vert (only b/c of injury)
Huddlestone Sandro/Dembele
Townsend Gylfi Bale
Dempsey

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Irishspur83 October 3, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Mason isnt a right back. Hes an attacking midfielder.

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TonyRich October 3, 2012 at 3:44 pm

…and Townsend plays on left. Moot point about Kane as he is injured now… I am sure Defoe wants to keep playing after hardly starting last season….keep playing him until he stops scoring or our results dry up.

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AmanT October 3, 2012 at 4:09 pm

I guess he meant to say Alan Smith.And Townsend does play right.

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TonyRich October 3, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Out of position Townsend plays right. But 99% of his appearances have been on left

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Irishspur83 October 3, 2012 at 6:14 pm

2 of his 3 spurs goals have come from him cutting in from the right. Against charlton on his debut and recently against carlisle.

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