Emmanuel Adebayor is unlikely to be fit in time for Tottenham Hotspur's visit to Liverpool, reports suggest.
The Togolese striker has not featured for Tim Sherwood's side since the 1-0 defeat to Arsenal earlier this month after suffering an achilles injury that has seen him miss the club's last two games.
The severity of the tendon injury left Adebayor unable to wear a football boot and according to the Evening Standard the likelihood of him being cleared for Sunday's visit to Anfield is slim.
Since picking up the injury in the defeat to the Gunners on 16 March the striker has been unable to return to full training with fears that any intense running will result in aggravating the injury and further delay his return.
The striker is said to be optimistic the regular treatment he has received will allow him to play, but his manager is unlikely to risk his top scorer if he is not fully recovered.
Earlier this week Sherwood was lifted by news that Vlad Chiriches and Michael Dawson had returned to training to ease his defensive concerns, but he could not shed any light on Adebayor's fitness.
"Vlad has been out for a while and we have to make sure we take our time with him," Sherwood said on Tuesday. "We're pleased to see him back in training this week and we're looking to drop him back into Friday's Under-21 game against Arsenal at the Lane.
"Michael trained at the end of last week as well, we're pleased with his progress and most of all, delighted we've more players from which to select from."
Should Adebayor not feature, Sherwood will once again turn to Roberto Soldado. The Spaniard has registered just one goal in 2014 but provided a promising performance in last Sunday's win over Southampton where he combined effectively with Christian Eriksen.