Tottenham's hopes of claiming revenge in the north London derby Saturday have been handed a significant boost after Tim Sherwood confirmed striker Emmanuel Adebayor will be fit to play.
Spurs play Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium this weekend in the hopes of advancing past the third round of this season's FA Cup.
There was a concern that Adebayor would be absent after injury fears arose following Spurs' 2-1 victory over Manchester United on New Year's Day.
However, any doubts have been put to bed, with the club's official Twitter account quoting Sherwood as saying in the build-up to the match that his in-form forward is ready to feature:
Adebayor has scored four goals in his last five games for the White Hart Lane outfit since coming back into the fold under Sherwood's command, per Transfermarkt.co.uk.
The 29-year-old had received just a half of playing time this season under Andre Villas-Boas; that was prior to the Portuguese's dismissal from management.
The Daily Mail Online's Rik Sharma recently reported that the break in their relationship was down to Adebayor's refusal in removing a beanie hat for a team meeting at the start of the season, an offence for which he was promptly exiled.
However, Adebayor has found his shooting boots once more, and it was he who made one of the biggest impacts during the midweek win over the Red Devils, during which concerns over his fitness first arose.
Jermain Defoe and Roberto Soldado have each led the line for periods this term, and while the latter has struggled to find his feet in England thus far, the former—vastly more experienced in comparison—is still yet to score in the league.
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According to Transfermarkt.co.uk, Adebayor has put three goals past the Gunners in eight career appearances playing against his former club, two of which came as a Spurs player.
The official Arsenal Twitter account quoted Arsene Wenger as pointing out Adebayor and Soldado as Tottenham's two main threats in his pre-match comments:
However, this weekend will be the first time in which the striker has come up against Wenger's team in the FA Cup, presenting new ground in need of breaking.
Adebayor will undoubtedly take some pleasure in extending his scoring record against Arsenal, and Spurs are fortunate enough to have their attacking threat in hot form heading into the latest clash.