Holtby: I had never heard of FC Sheriff

The Tottenham midfielder reveals that he was unaware of who Thursday's Europa League opponents were, as Andre Villas-Boas' side arrive in Transnistria looking for a win
Lewis Holtby has admitted that he knew nothing about Tottenham's Europa League opponents FC Sheriff before arriving in Transnistria.

As a breakaway republic, Transnistria is geographically recognised as part of Moldova, but has its own army, passports, flag and postal service. It is not recognised by any other nation as a sovereign state.

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Andre Villas-Boas’s side are looking to continue their unbeaten run in Group K of the Europa League, but midfielder Holtby admits that he was unaware of Sheriff’s existence ahead of this week.

"Until the draw was made, I’d never heard of Sheriff - I thought they might be from Northern Ireland," the 23-year-old told the Daily Mirror.

"But coming to places like this is always an experience. Transnistria is a new country for me. I only heard of it 20 minutes before we got here, but it’s improved my geography.

"I can tell my grandchildren I played in a part of Moldova that isn’t Moldova."

Andre Villas-Boas has hinted that Emmanuel Adebayor could make his first appearance of the season for the north London club on Thursday.

The Togo striker has been frozen out of the squad since returning from compassionate leave, following the death of his brother.

Villas-Boas said: "Adebayor has travelled and there’s a chance he could be involved."