Tottenham Hotspur's striker Emmanuel Adebayor has been pictured back in training, after returning to England this weekend.
Adebayor had been placed on compassionate leave by Tottenham and he flew back to his homeland of Togo last week, but he appeared glad to be back to training today.
The veteran striker was all smiles as he was put through his paces on a cold December afternoon in London.
Adebayor would have been hoping to play a part in Tottenham's match against Newcastle United in Capital One Cup action tomorrow night, but Mauricio Pochettino confirmed that he would have to watch from the stands as his fitness has dropped during his time off.
“Ade has started to train, he’s back and now he needs to improve his condition,” Pochettino said to the club's official site.
Adebayor's future at White Hart Lane has been much speculated about in recent weeks, with Tottenham apparently keen to offload him, and the fact that he is short of match fitness means he is unlikely to have a chance to convince Pochettino to change his mind before the January transfer window.
The 30-year-old went into this season as Spurs' first-choice striker, but his struggles in front of goal have seen him fall out of contention.
Adebayor has scored just twice this season and has not been seen wearing a Spurs shirt in a competitive match since November 9.
Monaco are reportedly interested in signing him in the January transfer window and with his fitness the way it is it looks as if his last chance at White Hart Lane has gone.
The only worry for Spurs is the fact that Adebayor has previously proven unwilling to lower his wage demands, but with his first-team chances so limited he may deem January the correct time to move on.