Emmanuel Adebayor has returned to training with Tottenham today -  and could be in contention to play in Spurs' Europa League tie against Panathinaikos on Thursday.

The Togolese striker has made just two substitute appearances for Spurs this season after completing a permanent £5 million move from Manchester City over summer.

Adebayor spent last season on loan at White Hart Lane and was the club’s leading goal scorer with 16 league goals, but is yet to start a game as he brings his fitness up to speed following a disrupted pre-season.

The former Arsenal forward then picked up a hamstring injury before Tottenham’s Europa League stalemate against Lazio last month, and has not featured since.

However the 28-year-old was pictured in training today at Tottenham’s new Enfield training base and could travel with Spurs for their game in Greece on Thursday, although he is highly unlikely to start.

Spurs take on Panathinaikos looking for their first Europa League win of the season following their 0-0 draw with Lazio at White Hart Lane, and Tottenham boss Andre Vilas-Boas says his side cannot afford to dwell on their fine win over Manchester United on Saturday.

“We feel confident now and our form has been impressive,” said the former Porto and Chelsea manager.

“We don’t stop here though. We have to improve our home form as well and we have to focus on that to make sure we continue this sequence.

“We now go to Panathinaikos and we are missing one match to complete the series (of away matches at Carlisle, United and Panathinaikos).

“It will be important to get the win there to put us back on track in the group stage of the Europa League,” he added.

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