Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Adebayor Gunning for His Old Side

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Adebayor Gunning for His Old Side

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TOTTENHAM striker Emmanuel Adebayor is confident he will be fit for this weekend's north London derby against his former club Arsenal.

It had been feared Adebayor would miss Sunday's clash at the Emirates Stadium after twisting his knee last week, but he hs trained with his Spurs teammates and is making good progress in his rehabilitation.

The 27-year-old wrote on Twitter: "Just finished training, really happy with the progress, knee is looking much better. Working on my fitness for Sunday."

Should he be passed fit, Spurs boss Harry Redknapp will have no hesitation in throwing the forward into his starting XI given his good performances of late.

His return would add an extra bit of spice to what is traditionally one of the most volatile fixtures in the Barclays Premier League calendar.

Adebayor has endured a poor relationship with Arsenal since he left in 2009 to join Manchester City.

In his first game against the Gunners since leaving in September 2009 he ran the full length of the pitch to celebrate in front of the travelling fans at Eastlands after having been verbally abused throughout the match.

The striker caused even more fury during that game when he raked his studs over the face of now Gunners skipper Robin van Persie.

Arsenal fans have never forgiven Adebayor for his conduct during that match in Manchester, and launched a volley of abuse at him during the first north London derby of the season in October, which Spurs won 2-1. Some Arsenal fans chanted "It should have been you, it should have been you... shot in Angola. It should have been you" during the game at White Hart Lane, referring to the deadly gun attack on the Togo team bus in 2010, which Adebayor survived.

After the game Arsenal and Spurs issued a joint statement strongly condemning the abusive chanting and it is understood the two clubs have been in discussions this week about how to stamp out any repeat in Sunday's reverse fixture. …

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