Tottenham ready to count on Adebayor

Emmanuel Adebayor, Tottenham strikerTottenham are ready to give Emmanuel Adebayor his first start for the club this season after the international break, The Daily Mail claim.

The Togolese marksman spent the 2011-12 season on loan at White Hart Lane, but returned to Manchester City for a long period before a permanent deal was finally agreed by the sides.

As a result the African striker has missed large chunks of pre-season and is said to not be match-fit for Premier League action.

As a result Adebayor has been on the bench for the north Londoners in two of the three games so far this campaign, with Andre Villas-Boas preferring to start Jermain Defoe up front.

However, Adebayor is set to be restored to the first team for the visit to Reading next Sunday, with Spurs desperate to get a positive result after a slow start to the campaign, which has resulted in only two points from their first three games.

By Gareth McKnight