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Adebayor to miss opener

03 Aug 2007 - 13:11:40

Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor looks set to miss the start of the Premiership season after picking up a groin injury during the club's training camp in Austria.

The injury has restricted the 23-year-old Togo international to just one friendly appearance - against Genclerbirligi on July 19.

He is not expected to return to training until next week and is unlikely to be fit enough to feature against Fulham on August 12.

"Adebayor has a groin problem," Gunners boss Arsene Wenger told the club's official website. "He missed the Emirates Cup and will miss the Ajax Tournament.

"At best he will be back next week. We hope he can come back in to normal training on Tuesday and Wednesday.

"But I think he will miss the start of the Premier League."

Meanwhile, Wenger is delighted that Eduardo's application for a work permit was approved by the Home Office on Thursday.

The 24-year-old went on to score in the 2-1 win against Lazio, and Wenger said: "Yes, Eduardo got his work permit and celebrated with his first goal.

"When we got the news you could see it was important to him because there was relief on his face.

"He could have scored two or three in the game. He is good in the air for a small guy and could have got another header too.

"I am pleased because it is always good that this period (without a goal) does not last too long. Otherwise people start to question your capability to score."


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