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Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino had no hesitation in granting Emmanuel Adebayor's request to return home to deal with a family matter.

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino had no hesitation in granting Emmanuel Adebayor's request to return home to deal with a family matter.

As the squad made their way to Turkey for this evening's Europa League clash with Besiktas, Spurs announced the Togo frontman would be absent due to a "private matter". Adebayor (pictured) instead returned to Africa for what the north London club called "personal reasons", with reports suggesting a close relative of the striker had fallen ill.

Pochettino confirmed upon arriving at the Ataturk Olimpiyat Stadium that it was a family-related matter and that the striker had requested permission to return home.

"When you have a problem, your mind is not quite ... it is a difficult to give your best," the Spurs boss said. "I have always told you that players are human. But we hope when he comes back he will be ready to start training and to help the team."

Pochettino rejected talk Adebayor could be absent throughout the Christmas period and went as far as suggesting there was a small chance he may be back for this weekend's trip to Swansea.

He said: "Maybe we lose three or four days in training, but you win a lot because if not the problem is always in his mind."

Adebayor is not the only absentee for Spurs, with Harry Kane, Jan Vertonghen and Christian Eriksen amongst those rested for a match both sides approach with progression to the last-32 confirmed. This game will, though, decide who wins Group C.


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