8th of January 2013 Author: Johnny Karp
Tottenham forward Emmanuel Adebayor has reversed his decision not to represent Togo at January's Africa Cup of Nations, leaving his club, Tottenham, with Jermain Defoe as their only recognised striker. The 28-year-old Togolese international initially planned to remain with his club because of a row over team security and unpaid bonuses. But he has changed his mind and will now go to the tournament in South Africa, which starts on 19 January, and may miss six Spurs games.
Adebayor met up with the Togo squad in Ghana for their pre-tournament training camp, but Tottenham are hopeful he can fly back for Saturday's Premier League match at QPR before heading off again. Tottenham will then host Manchester United on 20 January before travelling to Leeds or Birmingham in the FA Cup on 26 Jan. Away games against Norwich and West Brom come next, then the visit of Newcastle on 9 February, with the Cup of Nations ending a day later.
Adebayor has scored just three goals in 17 appearances this season but Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas had been counting on him for January. "At the moment we benefit from that situation," Villas-Boas said of Adebayor's original decision to suspend his international career. "We'll probably have the player here in January, which is a massive boost as you know, it gives me other options and possibilities. He is very very important, we are speaking about a player that has meant so much to us."
Without Adebayor, the goalscoring task will rest largely with Defoe, who has scored 14 times in 28 appearances this season.
You can bet on the winner of the African Nations Cup at Bet365, here are the odds for the top five favourites:
Ivory Coast - 7/4
Ghana - 5/1
South Africa - 8/1
Nigeria - 12/1
Zambia - 14/1
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