Jack Pitt-Brooke

Jack Pitt-Brooke is a sports writer for The Independent.

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Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor

Tottenham vs Newcastle: Emmanuel Adebayor back in training but not fit enough to play

Togolese striker won't be ready for Capital One Cup clash

Arsene Wenger, left, Manuel Pellegrini, centre, and Jose Mourinho

Champions League draw: Chelsea and Arsenal should reach quarter-finals, but Manchester City may struggle against Barcelona

London pair should make it to the quarter-finals after yesterday’s Champions League last-16 draw but Manchester City are handed Barcelona – yet again

The Olympic Stadium during the floodlight fail
Demba Ba will not feature against Tottenham

Besiktas vs Tottenham team news: Demba Ba misses out for the Turkish side

The match kicks off at 6pm

Tottenham defender Kyle Walker

Besiktas vs Tottenham: Kyle Walker ready to make his long-awaited return after nine-months out with hip injury

Walker has not played for Spurs since March and was forced to miss the summer World Cup before having surgery to correct the injury

Aaron Ramsey scores his first against Galatasaray

Aaron Ramsey rocket can now blaze a trail for Arsenal league upturn

Ramsey could help Arsenal out of their relative Premier League malaise

Emmanuel Adebayor has compassionate leave to return home to Togo

Pochettino: we hope Adebayor is back soon

Emmanuel Adebayor has compassionate leave to return home to Togo

Aaron Ramsey celebrates his second goal
Lukas Podolski

Lukas Podolski may have started his final game for Arsenal in the match against Galatasaray

The World Cup winner continues to be a peripheral figure

Wesley Sneijder

Galatatasaray vs Arsenal: Wesley Sneijder has enjoyed a great career, but it could have been so much more

The midfielder had a €20m release clause that no club chose to activate over the summer

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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
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We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
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Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

Bill's Italian friends introduced him to the Roman Catholic custom of a lavish fish supper on Christmas Eve. Here, he gives the tradition his own spin…
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Liverpool manager tries to stay on his feet despite waves of criticism
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Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
Michael Calvin: Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick

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