Andre Villas-Boas says that Emmanuel Adebayor has received limited game time due to the increased competition at Tottenham this season with the striker currently out of favour with the manager.
Adebayor was demoted to train with the reserves at the start of the season on the back of a particularly disappointing 2012-13 campaign for the Togo international in which he managed to score just five league goals.
Summer signing Roberto Soldado looks to have been given precedence in a starting position up front and Jermain Defoe has also shown vast improvements in front of goal, and as Spurs travel to face Transnistria's Sheriff Tiraspol in the Europa League this week Villas-Boas says the 29 year old, as well as the returning Aaron Lennon, could be given his chance to impress.
"He travelled," Villas-Boas told reporters of Adebayor. "There is a chance he could be involved, but I'm not sure if he's starting or not.
"They don't need opportunities or chances. They're valued and they're great quality players. The difference from last year, I think, is the competition is higher.
"Last season we wouldn't rotate as much for this competition as we have so far. This is done because of the immense talent we have at our disposal.
"We can make six or seven changes now, which keeps the players fresh and motivated.
"There is always that chance they can break into the team, although both are established players and have been successful in the past."
Adebayor's time at Tottenham has gone from sky highs to disappointing lows, with the former Manchester City man starring at the club on loan but then failing to back that up with consistent performances once his move to White Hart Lane was made permanent.
After being strongly connected with an exit from the club over the summer reports suggest he might be set for a move to Turkey. Trabzonspor are the latest club to be linked with a move but should the striker take his chances in the next two months he might be able to convince Villas-Boas that he is indeed a useful member of the Tottenham squad.
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