Tim Sherwood is hopeful towering Togolese striker Emmanuel Adebayor will be available for Tottenham’s league match against Sunderland on Monday.

Sherwood admitted the 30-year-old former Real Madrid forward, who has been Spurs’ top scorer this season, has been a “big miss” after series of “outstanding” performances, and he hasn’t featured since pulling up a hamstring injury during 1-0 derby defeat to Arsenal.

However, Adebayor returned to training with the squad on Tuesday and is now in line for a return against the Black Cats in the Barclays Premier League next week.

Sherwood told Tottenham’s official website: “It’s great to see him back out there.

“We’ll continue to assess him as the week progresses and hopefully he’ll then be back in contention against Sunderland. He’s obviously been a big miss. He’s been outstanding for us.”

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