Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanual Adebayor was hospitalised with a mild case of malaria, the club revealed last night.

A Spurs statement on the club's website read: “The Togo international was admitted to hospital on Saturday after reporting feeling unwell to our medical staff.

Swift diagnosis

“A swift diagnosis meant the disease was detected at an early stage and he is responding well to treatment.

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“The striker is expected to be released from hospital tomorrow and will then require a minimum of seven days before returning to training.

“The player has been advised not to travel on medical grounds, which means he will be forced to miss our pre-season tour of North America.”

Three friendlies

While the illness is not as serious as it can be, it will be a blow to both Adebayor and his new manager, Mauricio Pochettino. Spurs play three games in their North America tour, against the Seattle Soudners, Toronto FC and Chicago Fire, but will have to do without their leading front man.

Pochettino will have wanted to see all his charges in the flesh before deciding who stays and who goes, and with Adebayor constantly linked with a move away and Spurs rumoured to be interested in Swansea's Wilfried Bony, the illness has come at the wrong possible time.

The Tottenham Hotspur number 10 is an unpredictable player, capable of brilliance but also liable to putting in a dire performance should the mood take him.

Soldado & Kane

This loss will open the door for Roberto Soldado to repair his reputation have flunked in his first season at White Hart Lane, and youngster Harry Kane will hope to take advantage and push for a starting slot when the season kicks off.

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