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Spurs ask former Arsenal striker to train with reserves



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Fromer Arsenal and Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor has been asked to train with Tottenham’s reserves as he’s barely featured in pre-season and has not played a competitive game after being given extended compassionate leave following the death of his brother in Togo.

Over the summer, Tottenham’s record signing Roberto Soldado has become Spurs’ number-one striker following his £26million move from Valencia and Jermain Defoe has been first-choice back-up.

Adebayor returned to London towards the end of last month, but he has gone back to Africa, for what Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas describes as “personal reasons”. The 29-year-old striker, one of Spurs’ top earners, will return on Monday and he will then train with the club’s development team.

Andre Villas-Boas, speaking on his first press conference since selling Gareth Bale, said:

“At the moment, Ade is not with us, because we have granted him authorisation to stay up until Monday in his country for personal reasons, so he’s not going to be involved against Norwich (on Saturday).”

“Up to when I find it appropriate, he will train with the development team.”