Adebayor to train with Spurs' reserves

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Tottenham forward Emmanuel Adebayor will not be involved in the first-team's match with Norwich on Saturday and has been asked to train with the club's reserves instead.

The striker is yet to feature this season after being given compassionate leave following the death of his brother, and returns from Africa on Monday following another extended period of absence.

The former Arsenal and Manchester City man initially impressed while on loan at White Hart Lane back in 2011/12, scoring 18 goals.

However when this move was made permanent for a £5m fee prior to last season, Adebayor's form declined dramatically and he found himself out of favour towards the end of the season.

Prior to this weekend's Premier League resumption, manager Andre Villas-Boas said: "At the moment Ade is not with us, because we have granted him authorisation to stay up until Monday in his country for personal reasons, so he's not going to be involved against Norwich (on Saturday).

"Up to when I find it appropriate, he will train with the development team."

The 29-year-old frontman has fallen down the pecking order at the club in recent times, and after the attacking signings of Erik Lamela and Robert Soldado, Adebayor appears set to remain out in the cold after failing to secure a move away from the club in the summer.

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