Arsenal vs Spurs - team news
03 January 2014|Tottenham Hotspur
Emmanuel Adebayor is fit to face Arsenal but Tim Sherwood has a number of injuries to contend with ahead of Saturday's huge FA Cup tie at the Emirates.
The striker was stretchered off after 67 minutes of our victory against Manchester United on New Year's Day having opened the scoring at Old Trafford with his third goal in four matches.
Ade was back in training on Friday and Head Coach Tim reported: "I spoke to Ade after United and he said he cramped up in all areas, some where he’d never cramped before, so he wasn’t sure if he had strains or pulls, but thankfully it has settled down, he’s had some great treatment and he’s ready to perform."
There was more positive news for Tim as Jermain Defoe, Lewis Holtby and Andros Townsend all returned to training after injury on Friday.
Tim said they were all 'in contention' to face the Gunners. "We’ll have to assess how far forward they are with their endurance, because the last thing we’d want is for one of them to take a strain and then they are out for another four, five weeks. We’ve big games after this as well, so we’ll be cautious with them."
Sandro (hamstring) and Younes Kaboul (thigh) remain out but both players are expected to return to training next week. "That doesn’t mean they are ready to play," added Tim. "We’ll make sure we get some strength and substance into their endurance and physical fitness and hopefully we’ll keep them fit for the rest of the season."
Erik Lamela (thigh), Kyle Naughton (ankle, hamstring), Paulinho (ankle), Gylfi Sigurdsson (calf) and Jan Vertonghen (ankle) are all sidelined.