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Football | Barclays Premier League

No extra rest for Adebayor - AVB



Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas says that Jermain Defoe's injury leaves him no option but to throw Emmanuel Adebayor straight into action following his return from the Africa Cup of Nations.

Adebayor's Togo were knocked out of the continental tournament by Burkina Faso on Sunday, but the striker had still to return to Tottenham's north London training base by Thursday morning.

Adebayor said he was "exhausted" after his exertions in South Africa, and Villas-Boas says the club have given him a period of leave.

However, with Defoe set to be out for up to three weeks with an ankle injury that he sustained last weekend, Villas-Boas has no other established strikers at his disposal for Saturday's home game with Newcastle United.

"Obviously we have to take a look at him first. We don't have any news regarding injuries from him, so he's going to be selected for sure," Villas-Boas said on Thursday.

"I have to make a decision whether he will be in the starting XI or not."

Villas-Boas also defended his decision not to ask Adebayor to return to the club sooner.

Asked if Adebayor had already returned, the Spurs coach said: "No. We're trying to establish the best flight connections for him.

"He had issues to take care of as the tournament finished for Togo, so at the moment we're trying to see if we can have him back either for today (Thursday) or tomorrow's training session.

"I spoke to him Monday morning. I know where he is, I'm not sure if I want to make it public. I don't think it's strange. We've allowed the players two days off.

"The players come back today for 3pm (1500GMT) training. A couple of them, (Clint) Dempsey and (Benoit) Assou-Ekotto come back for 3pm tomorrow.

"We've allowed Ade to come back for Friday's training session if he can't make it for today's."

Villas-Boas also said that Spurs are willing to assist former Tottenham star Paul Gascoigne in his battle with alcoholism.

Gascoigne, 45, was recently admitted to a treatment centre in the United States after video footage emerged of him making a public appearance while apparently intoxicated last week.

The former England midfielder spent four successful years at Spurs and Villas-Boas says the club have offered him support through their trust, which was set up to help former players who are experiencing difficulties.

"The club is helping with the situation through the Tottenham Tribute Trust," Villas-Boas said.

"I think it's extremely sad for a player who represents so much for Tottenham's history.

"Tottenham have made themselves available to help the situation. Hopefully Gazza can recover."

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