Adebayor has been forced to train with the youth team after falling out with manager Andre Villas-Boas. The forward was granted compassionate leave by the former Chelsea coach, who last week revealed Adebayor would not be bought back into the first team picture until he deemed ‘appropriate.’
Defoe however, has admitted he cannot wait to have the former Arsenal and Manchester City forward back in the mix.
“I don’t think it helps the team to be honest because somebody like Manny is a great player,” Defoe said.
“He has played for some of the top clubs in the world and he is someone that we are going to need. We are going to need his goals and what he brings to the team.
“Ade is keeping himself fit. He loves his football and hopefully he will be back with the team soon.”
Defoe himself is yet to start for Tottenham this season, and is well aware he needs game time ahead of next summer’s World Cup.
“In a World Cup year, you’ve got to play, it is as simple as that,” he added.
“To get into any England squad, it’s based on merit, so you’ve got to play. I understand that. I also understand that it is a long season.
“There are so many games to go, a lot of football to be played, so I have just got to try and keep myself sharp and fit.”
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