Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed that Emmanuel Adebayor is not fit to feature in Tottenham’s Europa League tie against Panathinaikos on Thursday.
The Togolese striker spent last season on loan at Spurs and was the club’s leading scorer in the Premier League, but has been unable to establish himself since completing his move from Manchester City over the summer.
Adebayor returned to training for the first time this week after spending two weeks on the sidelines thanks to a hamstring injury, and has only appeared as a substitute twice this season after his protracted move to White Hart Lane disrupted his pre-season training.
Spurs go into the game looking for their first win in the Europa League after drawing their opening encounter against Lazio at White Hart Lane, but Vilas-Boas says they will have to wait a little longer before Adebayor can return to first team action.
The Spurs boss also confirmed Jake Livermore and Kyle Naughton will also miss the game but will be fit to return to action after the international break this month.
“We have no new injuries [for the Panathinaikos game], Jake and Naughton should be ready after internationals," he said. "But Adebayor isn’t ready, he has only trained once."
Vilas-Boas has consistently stated his desire to repeat the success he achieved with Porto in the Europa League, where he lifted the trophy in 2010 - something reflected in the strength of the team he fielded against Lazio last month.
The 34-year-old maintains that his target is to win the competition once more this year, and wants to kick-start Spurs’ campaign with a win on Greece tomorrow.
“Our main objective is to win the competition. The Europa League is a hard competition to win with a lot of tradition."