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Missing Adebayor puts Spurs' coach Poch on the spot

By Simon Peach

Emmanuel Adebayor is again absent for Tottenham's Europa League travels, but head coach Mauricio Pochettino denied his non-appearance against Asteras Tripolis is symptomatic of a wider problem. Despite being one of Spurs' most experienced and high-profile players, the 30-year-old has not travelled for a continental match since last year's trip to Sheriff Tiraspol.

Adebayor was an unused substitute that night in Moldova, perhaps after falling out with then head coach Andre Villas-Boas, yet his absence has continued despite re-establishing himself under Tim Sherwood and now Pochettino.

The striker started the 5-1 win against Asteras at White Hart Lane two weeks ago but has not travelled for the reverse fixture in Greece - the sixth straight European trip he has not been involved in.

That issue led to Pochettino being peppered with questions at the pre-match press conference last night, leading him to flit between English and Spanish at the Theodoros Kolokotronis Stadium.

"Aaron Lennon is not here, Kyle Naughton is not here, Younes Kaboul is not here," he said when asked specifically about Adebayor. "It is the same situation.

"I decide the list for those coming to Greece and the players here are the players in the squad that will play.

"Okay, yes, it is a reality that Adebayor has not travelled in three games from England, to Limassol, Partizan Belgrade and here.

"For every single mission, for every single trip, we have our organisation and selections. We are ready," said the former Southampton boss.

Tottenham top Group C alongside Besiktas on five points with Asteras just a point behind in third.

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