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Spurs' forgotten striker Emmanuel Adebayor could make an unexpected comeback in the most unlikely of places tonight, having travelled with Tottenham to a country that does not really exist.

The communist state of Transnistria has its own currency, police, army and border guards, although remains unrecognised by any sovereign nations and is considered part of Moldova, whose football league Sheriff Tiraspol have won 11 times since 2000.

Adebayor's chances of starting against Sheriff are restricted by the inclusion of Roberto Soldado and Jermain Defoe, who is one goal off Martin Chivers' European club record haul of 22.

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Etienne Capoue, Danny Rose and Younes Kaboul were unable to travel to Eastern Europe as they step up their recovery from injury, while manager Andre Villas-Boas, like in previous Europa League ties, has left several players back in London.

Kyle Walker and Paulinho have been rested, as has Andros Townsend after his heroics for club and country.

Now back to fitness, Adebayor could make his first appearance of the season at the sold-out Stadionul Sheriff, where Aaron Lennon may start his first match after a foot injury.

Spurs squad: Lloris, Friedel, Archer, Fryers, Naughton, Chiriches, Stewart, Dawson, Vertonghen, Dembele, Sandro, Holtby, Lennon, Lamela, Eriksen, Sigurdsson, Chadli, Adebayor, Defoe, Soldado.

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