Tottenham Hotspur have been given a major boost by Emmanuel Adebayor's Togo failing to qualify for the African Nations Cup.
But don't get confused, this is not because he will be of benefit to the club's Premier League cause.
The big reason Spurs can take heart from Adebayor's availability, is it increases their chance of being able to finally sell him.
It is going to be tough enough to shift the under-performing striker as it is, due to his high wages and reported determination to stay.
So having him jet off to Equatorial Guinea in January to represent Togo would have essentially killed the club's chances of sending him packing.
Instead his Togo side finished bottom of their qualifying group, below Ghana, Uganda and Guinea, with Adebayor netting twice in six matches.
Of course if they are unable to shift him, then he will be available should they require, but the prospect of selling him has to be a far more tempting option if they can.
Adebayor is on a reported £175,000 per week at Tottenham, and has done little this season to show why he justifies that figure.