LONDON (REUTERS) - Emmanuel Adebayor, who was carried off on a stretcher during Tottenham Hotspur's 2-1 win at Manchester United on New Year's Day, is fit and will start against his former club Arsenal in the FA Cup third round (1.20am on Sunday, Singapore time).
That was not the only good news for Spurs on the injury front as Jermain Defoe, Andros Townsend and Lewis Holtby were all back in training yesterday after being sidelined with various ailments.
"How important will Adebayor be tomorrow? It's huge," said Tottenham's new manager Tim Sherwood who has revitalised the side since taking over from the sacked Andre Villas-Boas last month.
"I think if Arsene Wenger saw him limping off at Old Trafford, I'm sure there were a lot of pleased Arsenal fans and management and players.
"But, unfortunately, he's going to be walking out against them tomorrow.
"It didn't look great, did it, when he came off on that stretcher but he is a warrior. There is no holding him back at the moment."
The fact that Adebayor will play, having recovered from "various cramps", is a big boost for Spurs after the 29-year-old Togolese scored four goals in the five matches he had played since his return.