Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has said that Emmanuel Adebayor will not play against Newcastle United tomorrow.
The former Arsenal striker returned to London from Africa this week and trained on Monday, but he is not fit enough to feature in the League Cup quarter-final tie at White Hart Lane.
“He will not be considered for tomorrow,” The London Evening Standard quotes Pochettino as saying.
“He only started again yesterday to train and after one week away, it is impossible to be ready to play tomorrow.”
This means that Pochettino will once again have only two recognised centre-forwards in his team, Roberto Soldado and Harry Kane.
The striker to start against Newcastle could be Kane or it could be Soldado, or maybe both; Pochettino has played with two strikers upfront and one.
While Kane used to be played in cup games at the start of the season, his recent form has seen him given time regularly in Premier League fixtures.
Perhaps the England Under-21 should retain his place in the team. The youngster scored against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium in the Premier League on Sunday, and keeping him in the lineup will help enhance his confidence.
Soldado is struggling for goals, although his overall game has improved over the last few matches. Pochettino could throw him out against Newcastle, but failure to score again is only going to affect him negatively.