Emmanuel Adebayor returns to Tottenham training

The Togo international has missed the last three matches with hamstring and heel problems.

Tottenham hopes to have Emmanuel Adebayor back for its Premier League clash with Sunderland after the striker resumed training Tuesday.

The Togo international has not featured for Tim Sherwood's side since a 1-0 defeat to Arsenal in mid-March because of hamstring and heel problems, but should be in contention for the clash at White Hart Lane on Monday.

Adebayor is Tottenham's top scorer in the Premier League this season with eight goals, having been recalled to the first team when Sherwood replaced Andre Villas-Boas as coach in December. Having watched his players put in an insipid performance in Sunday's 4-0 defeat at Liverpool, Sherwood is happy to have the 30-year-old back to boost his attacking options.

"It's great to see him back out there," the Spurs boss told the club's website. "We'll continue to asses him as the week progresses and hopefully he'll then be back in contention against Sunderland. He's obviously been a big miss. He's been outstanding for us."

While the return of Adebayor will be a boost for Tottenham, the club is still waiting for news regarding injuries to Roberto Soldado and Jan Vertonghen.