One of the striker worries alleviated for Spurs ahead of Sunderland game

Emmanuel Adebayor

But there are other injury concerns for Tottenham, with Tim Sherwood eager to get back to winning ways.

Under-fire Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood has been discussing the return of star striker Emmanuel Adebayor ahead of the visit of Sunderland on Monday.

The Tottenham website reports that Adebayor has returned to training for the North Londoners, having been out with a hamstring problem and cut on his heel, leaving Sherwood delighted.

 "It's great to see him back out there," said the Tottenham Head Coach. "We'll continue to assess him as the week progresses and hopefully he'll then be back in contention against Sunderland.

"He's obviously been a big miss. He's been outstanding for us."

Adebayor's availability is the perfect fillip for Spurs given the ongoing uncertainty regarding the fitness of Roberto Soldado.

The Spaniard was stretchered off late on against Liverpool, and unconfirmed reports of a hamstring injury ruling him out for Monday's match, would have left rookie Harry Kane as the only attacking option but for the return of their top scorer.

The Togo striker has been a phenomenon since returning to the Spurs team in December, with 11 goals in 19 games. He was a big miss in the defeat at Liverpool, with his side struggling to hold the ball up or pose any threat at Anfield.

Sherwood and Tottenham have six games against opposition below them in the league in order to try and close in in on the top four once more, and they will start with struggling Sunderland on Monday, which will see the return of former favourite Gus Poyet to the Lane.

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