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The Tottenham coach has spoken out about the Togolese striker’s unhappiness with his recent catalogue of injuries, stating that he wants to be playing, but is currently sick

Tottenham assistant head coach Steffen Freund says that Emmanuel Adebayor is exasperated with his fitness struggles since the beginning of the season, with the striker's latest upset being an onset of illness rendering him unlikely to take part in his team's Capital One Cup clash with Norwich.

A string of back and hamstring injuries, as well as the fine form of Jermain Defoe in the lone striker's role, has meant Adebayor's opportunities have been limited since joining Spurs permanently from Manchester City in the summer.

The 28-year-old would have been likely to be given his first start of the season at Carrow Road, but Freund stated that the striker may not recover in time to play a part.

"Adebayor came in, he's really sick, let’s have a look tomorrow," Freund told reporters.

"If you're not playing and you're injured then of course you are not happy."

Freund, though, did make sure to reiterate the long term importance of Adebayor to Spurs and their head coach Andre Villas-Boas, labelling the Togolese international as one of the division's finest forwards.

"He's a big player. Hopefully he will be back in time. He is one of the best strikers in the Premier League," Freund added.

"We are happy to have him back here. We need every Tottenham Hotspur player. If Andre wants to rotate or change the position up front, it's good to have every player fit."

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