Emmanuel Adebayor will play at Africa Cup of Nations

AVB left with just one striker as Spurs confirm Adebayor will play at Africa Cup of Nations

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

15:35 GMT, 9 January 2013

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UPDATED:

15:35 GMT, 9 January 2013

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas may be forced into the transfer market after the club confirmed that Emmanuel Adebayor has performed a U-turn and agreed to play for Togo at the Africa Cup of Nations.

The striker will be available for Saturday's trip to QPR but his departure will leave Villas-Boas with Jermain Defoe as his only striker for the next month.

A statement on Spurs' official website read: 'The club can confirm that Emmanuel Adebayor has been called up by the Togo FA for the forthcoming African Cup of Nations.

Striker light: Villas-Boas will have to make do without Adebayor for the next month

Striker light: Villas-Boas will have to make do without Adebayor for the next month

'The striker will be available for
this weekend's fixture against Queens Park Rangers before travelling out
to South Africa to meet up with his international teammates ahead of
the championships.'

Adebayor
had cast doubt over his participation at the tournament, which runs
from January 19 to February 10 in South Africa, due to a row over team
security and unpaid bonuses.

The 28-year-old had a
change of heart after talks with the country's President Faure Gnassingbe at the weekend.

Hometown hero: Fans play music and dance outside soccer player Adebayor's house in Togo's capital Lome on Tuesday

Hometown hero: Fans play music and dance outside soccer player Adebayor's house in Togo's capital Lome on Tuesday

'Of course we’re in the Africa Cup of Nations with Adebayor, we will be together in South Africa,' head of the Togo Football Federation, Ameyi Gabriel, is reported to have told Radio Algeria International.

'It is very important to have him there because he is our player and captain of the team.'

The development came on the anniversary of the gun attack on Togo's team bus, which killed three people.

Adebayor was on board when gunmen opened
fire as they headed to their African Cup of Nations base in Angola in 2010. Three
people died in the incident – the bus driver, an assistant coach and a
press officer.

Heading off: Adebayor will play for Togo in South Africa

Heading off: Adebayor will play for Togo in South Africa

Adebayor will miss the visit of Manchester United on January 20 and could miss up to five games depending on Togo's progress.

Although Adebayor has only scored
three times for Spurs this year, his absence will be a big blow to as the club's only other recognised striker is Jermain Defoe.

Villas-Boas
has regularly claimed he does not need to add another striker to his
squad in this month's transfer window, but he has been linked with
another bid for Internacional and Brazil forward Leandro Damiao in
recent days.