African Cup of Nations - Villas-Boas: We won't stand in Adebayor's way

Andre Villas-Boas says Tottenham will not stand in Emmanuel Adebayor's way should he change his mind and decide to go to the African Cup of Nations.

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Adebayor scored just his third goal of the season yesterday as Tottenham moved up to third in the Premier League with a 3-1 win over Reading at White Hart Lane.

Adebayor released a statement last month insisting he would not go to the African Cup of Nations due to a row over unpaid bonuses, although he later claimed the real reason behind his omission was because he did not want to stoke up memories of the deadly gun attack on the Togo squad during the 2010 tournament in Angola.

Villas-Boas has said it was yet to be decided whether Adebayor would attend the three-week long tournament in South Africa, and also admitted he would be powerless to stop the player leaving should he decide to come out of international exile.

"It's a vulnerable situation, anything can happen," the Tottenham manager said.

"I've told you the player can still go, I understand it is still a possibility.

"It was always his choice, I'm not going to put pressure on him. We've left it to the player to decide. If player wants to go, we respect the African Nations Cup."

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