Spurs fans in North America will have to do without seeing striker Emmanuel Adebayor this summer.
Tottenham’s Togolese striker is “recovering in hospital after contracting a mild bout of malaria” according to the club’s website.
Adebayor will now miss Spurs’ games against the Seattle Sounders, Chicago Fire and Toronto FC of Major League Soccer, as Mauricio Pochettino’s men continue their preparations for the 2014-15 Premier League campaign by heading to the U.S. later this month.
Not having Adbeayor around will be a big miss for Tottenham as he thrived in the second half of last season after Tim Sherwood brought him back in from the cold after the 30-year-old forward was frozen out by previous boss Andre Villas-Boas at White Hart Lane.
The former Monaco, Arsenal, Manchester City and Real Madrid striker scored 14 times in 25 appearances last season for the North London club and is likely to be a key player for Pochettino this year.
Get well soon, Ade. Below is the latest update from Tottenham on his recovery in hospital.
The Togo international was admitted to hospital on Saturday after reporting feeling unwell to our medical staff. A swift diagnosis meant the disease was detected at an early stage and he is responding well to treatment. The striker is expected to be released from hospital tomorrow and will then require a minimum of seven days before returning to training.
The player has been advised not to travel on medical grounds, which means he will be forced to miss our pre-season tour of North America.