Adebayor could see Clarets comeback


Emmanuel Adebayor could make a first appearance in nine weeks as Tottenham look to overcome Burnley in Wednesday’s FA Cup third-round replay.

After last Monday’s encounter at Turf Moor ended a 1-1 draw, the Premier League sides will again do battle to see which club is to host Leicester in the fourth round.

Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino is considering changes for the White Hart Lane replay, when Adebayor could make his long-awaited return.

The 30-year-old last donned the lilywhite shirt in the home defeat to Stoke on November 9, with injury, illness and then a period of compassionate leave keeping him out of action.

Harry Kane has impressively filled that void but may well be rested in favour of Adebayor or Roberto Soldado when Burnley visit.

“We need to analyse all the players who played on Saturday and then we see who has a chance for Wednesday,” Pochettino said.

“After the beginning of the season there are 34 games that we have played and we are the team who has played more than anyone.

“We need to manage. All players are important. We will see who can play.

“I think we need to give the opportunity to play for all players, but we need to analyse and take a decision.”

Asked if Adebayor, reportedly attracting interest from Qatar, the United States and Italian side Parma, is fit to play against Burnley, Pochettino said: “Maybe yes. Maybe.

“Maybe we will change [and rest Kane] but now it is too early to give information as we need to analyse. He has not got an injury.”

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