Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood has been boosted by the news that Emmanuel Adebayor will be fit to face former club Arsenal this afternoon - and says the Gunners won't be happy about his inclusion.
The striker - who was frozen out of the side by former manager Andre Villas-Boas - was taken off on a stretcher during Spurs' 2-1 win at Old Trafford last weekend, but will play in the mouthwatering FA Cup Third Round tie at the Emirates.
"“I think if Arsène Wenger saw Adebayor going off at Old Trafford, I’m sure there were a lot of pleased Arsenal fans, management and players," Sherwood said.
"But, unfortunately for them, he’s going to be walking out against them.
“There are certain players when the teamsheet comes in you scan down and see if they’re playing.
"I did it at Old Trafford, see if Rooney’s playing straight away and I’m sure Arsenal will be doing the same with Adebayor."
The Togolese forward looked certain to miss the tie when he went down injured against Manchester United, and Sherwood admitted it don't look good at first glance.
He said: "“It didn’t look great when he came off on that stretcher, but he is a warrior.
“He had cramp in every part of his body. We weren’t sure what [part of his body] to rub and put ice on next. He was really struggling but there is no holding him back at the moment."
Adebayor has a deep connection with Arsenal.
After playing for the Gunners for three seasons, he infuriated the fans by joining mega-rich Manchester City, and notoriously ran the whole length of the Etihad pitch to celebrate a goal scored in front of the travelling supporters back in 2009.
He was then sent off for a high challenge on Santi Cazorla last season, but his manager believes he won't make any silly mistakes this time around.
Sherwood said: "“He is cleverer than people think. He realises and he learns from his mistakes.
"It was a 50-50 and it could have gone either way whether he got sent-off last season, so he might have been a bit unfortunate. I’m sure he’s learnt from that and let’s keep our fingers crossed he stays on all the game.
“Every club he’s ever played for, the fans respect him for the player he is. Let’s hope the script is there to be written.”
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