Adebayor: ANC could cost City

City have enjoyed a near-faultless start to their Premier League

campaign, losing just once in their opening 17 matches to open up a

two-point gap on Manchester United at the top of the table. Roberto

Mancini has rotated his squad on a regular basis, but Yaya Toure

has been one of the few to maintain a regular place in the starting

XI thanks to his tireless displays in midfield. However, Mancini

will have to do without the former Barcelona man for up to a month

next year as he heads to Gabon and Equatorial Guinea to take part

in the African Nations Cup along with his brother and City

team-mate Kolo Toure. And Adebayor, who is on loan at Spurs from

City, thinks losing both players will be a big challenge that he

hopes Tottenham can take advantage of. “They have two players going

to the African Nations Cup. Kolo Toure is not playing a lot but he

is a great player,” Adebayor said. “Yaya Toure has been amazing for

them this year. “We will have to wait and see (how they cope). In

football you can have two or three injuries in a week. That has

happened to us recently. “City have a great team, a great spirit

and at the moment they are playing good football, but if they got a

couple of injuries I think it would be very difficult for them.”

The tournament takes place from January 21 to February 12, during

which time City face Spurs, Everton, Fulham and Aston Villa, while

both players will also miss the game against Wigan on January 16

due to the Ivory Coast’s training camp. Chelsea will lose Didier

Drogba and Salomon Kalou, while Arsenal will be without Gervinho

and Emmanuel Frimpong. Cameroon’s failure to qualify, and Togo’s

ban, mean that Spurs will not lose any of their players, leaving

Adebayor buoyant about his side’s chances of boosting their title

chances if injuries to the likes of Aaron Lennon, Rafael van der

Vaart and Jermain Defoe clear up. “We will have everyone here when

the African Nations Cup is on,” the 27-year-old said. “Now we just

have to hope that all our players come back fit very soon because

we have Lennon out for a couple of weeks maybe. “Gareth Bale got a

kick again on the ankle against Chelsea. Hopefully it is not too

bad. We just have to keep doing our thing, keep enjoying ourselves,

and if we get all our players fit we can expect something.”

Tottenham lost ground in the title race on Thursday when they only

managed a draw against Chelsea, despite going into the match as

favourites and taking an early lead. Harry Redknapp’s men lie nine

points off the summit with a game in hand and Adebayor is confident

that the north London club can lift the trophy in May for the first

time in 51 years. “Can we win the title? Why not?” Adebayor said.

“Don’t get me wrong, Man City are first at the moment but they

still have to play all the big clubs. “The first half of the season

is over. We are going to attack January very soon so are they going

to keep their football like the way they are now until the end of

the season? I don’t know. We will have to wait and see.”