Spurs grant Adebayor indefinite leave due to 'personal reasons'

BY foxsports • December 10, 2014

Emmanuel Adebayor will miss Thursday's Europa League tie against Besiktas after Tottenham allowed him to return home to Togo.

In a brief statement on their website, the club said: "We can confirm that Emmanuel Adebayor has been given permission to return home for personal reasons. This is a private matter and so we will not be providing any further comment."

The Londoners are certain to qualify from Group C along with their Turkish opponents, and avoiding defeat would ensure they finish top.

Adebayor has not played for Tottenham since a 2-1 home defeat by Stoke on November 9, having suffered since with back and hamstring complaints as well as a virus.

The striker has struggled for form since Mauricio Pochettino's arrival at White Hart Lane, scoring just twice in 12 appearances.

While the 30-year-old Togo international misses the trip to Turkey, there could be a return to action for Kyle Walker.

The right-back has not featured for Spurs since the first leg of the Europa League last-16 clash with Benfica on March 13 with an abdominal issue.

The injury also saw him miss out on England's World Cup squad and Walker underwent surgery in September.

He returned to first-team training a month ago and could now make his first appearance in nine months against Besiktas, having travelled with the team to Istanbul.

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