Pochettino won't rush Adebayor back to Tottenham

The Togolese striker has been allowed to return home for personal reasons and his manager has no intention of hurrying him back to White Hart Lane before he is ready
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has told Emmanuel Adebayor to take as much time as he needs to sort out his off-field problems.

The Togo international was granted a leave of absence on Wednesday, with Spurs explaining that he was allowed to return home for "personal reasons".

It is not known how much action the 30-year-old will miss but he definitely sits out Thursday's Europa League tie against Besiktas and is unlikely to return in time to face Swansea City in the Premier League on Sunday.

And Pochettino will not rush the former Manchester City man back to White Hart Lane, telling reporters: "I hope he sorts his problems. I don't know how long [he will be out] but we hope he will stay with us next week to train.

"When you have a problem, your mind is not quite [right]. It is difficult to give your best.

"I have always told you that players are human. Family is important. They need to fix when family matters happen. You need to sort it. If not, it is difficult to give the best.

"It is important that he takes time, sorts out the problem and when he is back is ready to train and available."

Adebayor has fallen down the pecking order behind Harry Kane and Roberto Soldado in recent weeks after scoring just two goals in 12 appearances across all competitions this season.