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City won't rush Adebayor
10 Jan 2010 - 10:07:31
Manchester City will not rush Emmanuel Adebayor back into Premier League action following the gun attack which has led to Togo pulling out of the Africa Cup of Nations.
Togo have withdrawn from the competition in Angola after the bus carrying the squad to their training base in the northern province of Cabinda came under sustained gunfire.
Adebayor had admitted he felt lucky to be alive following the attack on Friday which left two team-mates with gunshot wounds and the driver of the team bus dead.
"The club is in regular contact with Emmanuel, his advisors and the English Football Association," read a statement from Manchester City.
"It has been made clear by manager Roberto Mancini and senior officials that Emmanuel will now be given as much time as he needs to recover from the horrific attack."
Speaking on Saturday, Adebayor explained his shock, saying: "It's a football game, it's one of the biggest tournaments in Africa and a lot of people would love to be in our position but I don't think anybody would be prepared to give their life.
"If I am alive I can still play football tomorrow and in one year maybe even another Cup of Nations but I am not ready to pass away now."