Tottenham Hotspur’s revitalised striker Emmanuel Adebayor could miss the tie of the FA Cup third round at former club Arsenal on Saturday after being carried off on a stretcher during Spurs’ 2-1 win at Manchester United on Wednesday.
The 29-year-old Togo international, described as “unstoppable” by new Spurs manager Tim Sherwood after scoring the opening goal at Old Trafford, came off after 70 minutes, “needing ice on every part of his body” according to his boss
The match at the Emirates between the two fierce north London rivals is one of five all-Premier League ties on what is usually one of the most exciting and dramatic days in the English season.
The others see Newcastle United against Cardiff City, Norwich City against Fulham, West Bromwich Albion against Crystal Palace and Manchester United hosting Swansea City.
Cup holders Wigan Athletic, who became the first side to win the FA Cup and be relegated in the same season when they shocked Manchester City in last May’s final, are at home to League One (third tier) MK Dons.
Manchester City, second behind Arsenal at the top of the Premier League, make the short trip to Championship side Blackburn Rovers, while Chelsea, who have won the FA Cup five times in the last 14 years, start their quest for another honour at promotion-chasing Championship side Derby County. Roberto Martinez, who led Wigan to their unlikely triumph last season before becoming Everton’s manager, starts his quest to become only the third manager to win the trophy with two different clubs when Everton play Queens Park Rangers at Goodison Park.
No one has achieved that feat since Billy Walker steered Nottingham Forest to glory in 1959 having previously won it with Sheffield Wednesday in 1935. Herbert Chapman won the trophy with Arsenal and Huddersfield Town. Liverpool again face League One Oldham Athletic, who stunned the seven times winners with a shock 3-2 win in the fourth round a year ago. Sunday’s match has an added poignancy too following the death of former Oldham and Liverpool player Wayne Harrison, aged 46 on Christmas Day.