It may have been good news for Spurs fans to see Togo eliminated from the African Cup of Nations at the weekend but is there any guarantee that Emmanuel Adebayor will be fit and ready to face Newcastle at the Lane on Saturday?
Ade’s return may have been a relief after the injury to Jermain Defoe at West Brom and we would have at least one senior striker back in the club. However, the player himself admits he is exhausted after Togo’s campaign.
“We were stopped in the quarter-finals, maybe next time we’ll be in the final and win it. So for me, it’s never finished while I have the chance to win something. With all the problems before coming to Afcon, and we’ve showed character, good face and showed we are a team that can play good football,” Ade said.
“I think I have done my best and physically I’m exhausted, but that’s football. It’s a tough one for all the players, for myself, for everyone, but life goes on.”
To be fair to the striker, he was making no excuses ahead of Saturday but is this the prelude to him being left on the bench?