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06.11.2008 Football News

Adebayor out for three weeks

By Kofi Owusu Aduonum - Ghanaian Chronicle

Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor has been ruled out of action for three weeks with an ankle injury.

The 24-year-old suffered the injury during Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Stoke after a tackle from Ryan Shawcross.

Shawcross's challenge drew a furious response from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger who accused Stoke of overly aggressive tactics.

Adebayor will now miss league games against Manchester United, Aston Villa, Manchester City and possibly Chelsea.

The Gunners are due to play fellow Londoners on 30 November.

The Togolese striker will also miss the Champions League games with Fenerbahce and Dynamo Kiev.

Stoke City chairman Peter Coates strongly rejected Wenger's claims that his team played in a dirty manner.

"I'm sure that none of our players would deliberately go out to injure anyone," Coates said. Fellow forward Theo Walcott was also injured in Saturday's defeat.

Adebayor has nine goals this season, five in the league, and is Arsenal's top scorer.