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Sherwood hails 'warrior' Adebayor

Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood has called striker Emmanuel Adebayor "a warrior" after he declared himself fit to face former club Arsenal in the FA Cup third round on Saturday.

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Adebayor has found his attitude questioned throughout his career -- but Sherwood, who succeeded Andre Villas-Boas last month, had nothing but praise for the Togo international's approach.

The striker came off injured midway through the second half of Tottenham's 2-1 win at old Trafford on Wednesday -- in which he scored the opening goal -- and the Spurs boss said: "It didn't look great when he came off on that stretcher, but he is a warrior.

"He had cramp in every part of his body. He was really struggling, but there is no holding him back at the moment. It's huge for us that he is back.

"When Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal players and their fans saw him come off at Old Trafford, I'm sure they were pleased -- but he's going to be walking out against them tomorrow."

Sherwood said he had not had any preconceived idea about Adebayor's attitude, explaining: "I am certain I will show him the respect he deserves as long as he continues to show that respect to me. All I am seeing is that he is a player who is at the top of his game and is ready to give his all for the football club."

He said he would field a full-strength team for the trip to Arsenal -- and laughed off claims that he has an affection for Tottenham's bitter rivals.

"I am from North London, but the truth is I always support the team I represent. I always have done," he said.

"I wear my heart on my sleeve for the team I am representing, and that is Tottenham at the moment. This game is massive for us, and it would be the pinnacle of my short managerial career if we went to the Emirates and won and we were still in the hat.

"That us why I will play my strongest team. We would love to have been able to play a lower league team and blood some younger players, but once that name comes out of the hat -- Arsenal at the Emirates -- it's impossible to do that.

"It's the biggest game possible for this club and it would be fantastic if we could win and perhaps take Tottenham to the final."


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