Emmanuel Adebayor could be free to start playing again for Manchester City as early as this weekend if he is released by Togo.
Although City have said they will give their striker as much time as needed to recover from the trauma of the terrorist attack in Angola, if released by Togo he could be back with City this week.
FIFA have confirmed that under their rules, it is now up to Togo to decide when the players are available for their clubs again.
The west African country has withdrawn from the African Nations Cup following the terrorist attack last week that left three officials dead and some players wounded.
There is some confusion however over whether the Togo FA have appealed to be allowed back into the competition, though organisers insist no such move can now take place.
When that situation is finally clarified, it is expected that Togo will release the players back to their clubs.
FIFA's rules state: "A player who has been called up by his association for one of its representative teams is, unless otherwise agreed by the relevant association, not entitled to play for the club with which he is registered during the period for which he has been released."