Adebayor: Malaria left me unable to walk

The Tottenham striker was struck down by the disease earlier this summer but has now returned to fitness and is set to make his first appearance of the season against Celtic
Emmanuel Adebayor says malaria left him so weak that he was unable to walk for a week, but he is now back to full fitness and "feeling good".

The Tottenham striker fell ill in July and missed the club's pre-season tour of the United States, with Roberto Soldado and Harry Kane the club's only forward options in Seattle, Toronto and Chicago.

The Togo international is now back in training, but he has revealed that the draining effects of the disease left him powerless to move.

“I went back to Togo during the holiday to spend some time with my family,” he is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. “I came home to London two weeks ago and then found out I had malaria. I was ill for a week or so, but now I am back training and feeling good now.

“For a week I couldn’t do anything. I lost a kilo which isn’t a lot, but I was very weak for one week. I couldn’t move, I couldn’t walk.”

However, Adebayor claims he was not worried about the symptoms he suffered – given that malaria is a “common disease in Africa” – and says he is now ready to return to the starting XI.

“When I go back it feels like I have a headache and because you are already in the country where it is common you know what medicine to take to make it go away quickly,” he added.

“But in London it’s not the same because it’s not a common disease. I wasn’t too worried because I have seen lots of people with malaria because I grew up there.

“I knew it would take a few days and knock me down and take everything out of me. I also knew I would have to work hard to get my body back again.

“But I’m okay, fit and ready to play football again. That’s the main thing.”

Adebayor is yet to play under new boss Mauricio Pochettino but the Argentine has revealed that the striker is likely to feature in Saturday's pre-season friendly against Celtic.

“We have 22 players and it’s important to play the players who missed the American tour like Emmanuel,” he said.