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epa000398134 Iranian football fans cheer for their team in the Azadi stadium in Teheran during the Asia Group B World Cup qualification football game between Iran and Japan on Friday, 25 March 2005. EPA/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH

Star player missing from Togo Line up

Togo internationals Emmanuel Adebayor and Floyd Ayité are set to miss the Sparrow Hawks’ encounter against Iran.

The two sides will lock horns in an international friendly match at the Azadi Stadium in Tehrān, Iran on 5 October 2017.

The Togolese Football Federation (FTF) has since announced that Adebayor and Ayite have both been withdrawn from the squad due to injuries.

“Injured in their respective clubs, Emmanuel Adebayor (Basaksehir) and Floyd Ayité (Fulham) have declared forfeit,” a statement read.

Adebayor, the Togo captain and striker, who is playing for İstanbul Başakşehir in the Turkish Super Lig, has been out nursing an injury.

Togo midfielder Ayite plies his trade in the English Championship for Fulham and he was substituted in the 42nd minute against Middlesbrough last weekend due to injury.

It remains to be seen whether the FTF will call up replacements before the match.

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