Spurs striker Adebayor in hospital with malaria - misses tour of North America

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The North Londoners will have to do without one of their main men for a large part of the pre-season.

Tottenham Hotspur have announced that their star striker Emmanuel Adebayor, the club's top scorer last season, has been struck down with a mild bout of malaria, and will now sit out the upcoming pre-season tour in North America while he recuperates in hospital and at home.

Though doctors caught the disease early, meaning there should be few serious issues with his fitness by the time the season starts, it is enough to see the 30-year-old skip the trip to the United States and Canada.

It leaves just struggling Spaniard Roberto Soldado and youngster Harry Kane as attacking options for Mauricio Pochettino as he undertakes his first matches as Spurs manager. 

The Togo international starred last year despite only playing half a season for the North Londoners, scoring 14 goals in 25 games. 

The club released the following statement relating to Adebayor on their website:

"The Togo international was admitted to hospital on Saturday after reporting feeling unwell to our medical staff. A swift diagnosis meant the disease was detected at an early stage and he is responding well to treatment. The striker is expected to be released from hospital tomorrow and will then require a minimum of seven days before returning to training.

"The player has been advised not to travel on medical grounds, which means he will be forced to miss our pre-season tour of North America."

Tottenham have been linked with all manner of attackers even before Adebayor's illness, with Belgium duo Divock Origi and Romelu Lukaku widely touted as being on the club's radar.

Daniel Levy may now decide that attacking reinforcements need to come sooner rather than later, a decision that could see Spurs make their first significant entry into the summer transfer market.

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