Emmanuel Adebayor’s future at Tottenham has taken yet another hit after being told he will have to train with the development squad once he returns from extended personal leave.
The Togo international has been allowed extra time off following the death of his brother with the Daily Mail reporting that he will arrive back in London on Monday.
Whilst not ruling out Adebayor’s chances of playing for Spurs some time in the future, manager Andre Villas-Boas failed to list the 29-year-old among his selection of strikers.
Villas-Boas insisted that Adebayor’s drop to the Under 21 team was purely to improve his fitness after missing part of pre-season training.
“At the moment Ade’s not with us. We have granted him authorisation to stay until Monday in his country for personal reasons,” said Vilals-Boas.
“Up until when I find it appropriate, he will train with the development team, because he was a couple of weeks late in relation to the rest of the [first] team, bearing in mind his personal tragedy.
“Will he play for Spurs again? There is a possibility.”
The Daily Mail also report that he failed to mention the striker alongside Roberto Soldado, Jermain Defoe and youngster Harry Kane, the current available forwards at the club.
Adebayor last played for Spurs in May at the end of a difficult season for the striker.
He scored just five Premier League goals from 25 matches, a remarkable change from the form shown the previous season in which he scored 17 goals in 33 games.