Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has said that the absence of striker Emmanuel Adebayor is not going to affect the team.
It is not yet clear when the former Arsenal and Manchester City star will return, but Pochettino insists that he has no problem with the striker’s absence.
“Yes, it is an important time but we need to understand that the players are people," The Evening Times quotes the Argentine boss as saying ”They need to fix when family matters happen and you need to sort it. If not, it is difficult to give the best.
"After, yes, we know we have ahead a lot of games. It is a very busy period, but the first [thing] always is if you are okay, if you are ready, if you are in your mind clear.
"When things like that happen, it is very difficult for the player and it is important. Maybe we lose three or four days in training, but you win a lot because if not the problem is always in his mind and it is difficult to break this cycle.
"Now, it is important that he takes time, sorts out the problem and when he is back is ready to train and be available.”
Pochettino shows remarkable consideration for Adebayor, especially when one considers how poor the striker has been so far this season.
In 10 Premier League appearances, the 30-year-old has scored just two goals and created 12 chances, while having a 76% pass accuracy and a 64% shot accuracy.
Adebayor has suffered with injuries, but it is fair to say that he has lost his place in the starting line-up.
With Harry Kane now firmly in the line-up and Roberto Soldado showing a sign or two or revival, it will be tough for Adebayor when he returns to action.