Emmanuel Adebayor is playing with a problem that requires regular treatment as Tottenham try to ensure the striker is available for the run-in.

Adebayor suffered a dead leg in the 1-1 draw at Hull on February 1 but has continued to play since, scoring three goals in the two games to help Spurs to wins over Everton and Newcastle.

Yet Adebayor’s condition is being managed carefully, and Standard Sport understands the 29-year-old has now started to experience pain in his hamstring. He was left out of the squad for last night’s Europa League tie against Dnipro in Ukraine, which Tottenham lost 1-0 ahead of next week’s second leg at White Hart Lane.

Adebayor has been training this week with the other players who were left out of that game but is expected to return to the starting XI at Norwich on Sunday, as Spurs seek to maintain their push for a top-four finish in the Premier League.