• Premier League

Adebayor banished to Spurs reserves

ESPN staff
September 13, 2013
Emmanuel Adebayor is likely to drop further out of favour having spent time away from Tottenham © PA Photos

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has ordered striker Emmanuel Adebayor to train with Tottenham's reserve side when he returns from Togo.

Adebayor is currently in his native country for personal reasons and is expected to arrive back in London next Monday.

The 29-year-old's brother, Peter, died last month and Spurs gave him an extended time away over the international break.

But Villas-Boas has warned Adebayor will have to work his way back into the first team upon his return to White Hart Lane, with Roberto Soldado and Jermain Defoe above him in the pecking order.

"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]," he said. "Up to when I find it appropriate, he will train with the development team."

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