Last Updated: Mon, 11 Feb 2013 09:11
Spurs have revealed they sent a jet to South Africa to ensure Emmanuel Adebayor returned to England in time to face Newcastle.
The striker has reportedly been fined by the club for his inability to get back to England in time, despite Andre Villas-Boas giving him a very generous deadline of 3pm last Friday to return by, a full five days after Togo were knocked out of the African Nations Cup.
What this will mean for the long-term future of Adebayor at Spurs is unclear but his actions have not endeared him to the fans, especially with the club struggling for strikers.
Asked if he would be taking Adebayor to task over the delay, Villas-Boas said: "We shall, it is done, we won't talk about it publicly.
"He arrived on Friday around 6 o'clock, landed in Luton. So he joined the team in the hotel. He was authorised to come back on Friday.
"Some issues have arose that have put that comeback in jeopardy but he still was in time to come back and make an impact from the bench."
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