Gunners give Adebayor Togo blessing

JOHANNESBURG - Arsenal's Emmanuel Adebayor, sidelined for six weeks with a hamstring injury, has been given permission by club manager Arsene Wenger to return for Togo in Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Cameroon.

"I have had a discussion with the boss (Wenger) and he's happy for me to play," the striker said in a BBC radio interview on Friday.

"I'm happy to be home and the whole country is waiting for me to play."

Adebayor, named African Footballer of the Year last month, was injured against north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on February 8.

"It is good for us and for him to have a game. He is ready to play," Wenger told Arsenal TV.

Saturday's tie in Accra is the opening Group A game in the final round of African qualifiers.

The match is being played in neighbouring Ghana because Togo are banned from using their home stadium after rioting two years ago.

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