Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood says his players will shake hands with Charlie Adam amid reports some may blank the Stoke midfielder after he injured Paulinho earlier in the campaign. The Brazil international was forced off with what turned out to be ankle ligament damage after being tackled by Adam in December's 3-0 win over the Potters.
Sherwood said: "The players will do their duty and shake hands along that line to show respect to their opposition. I haven't heard the boys talking about Charlie Adam at all. They're just concentrating on the game. I don't think it's a problem." Stoke boss Mark Hughes said: "We've made contact with Spurs to see if there's any truth in it and they assure us there's absolutely nothing in it. So we'll take it with a pinch of salt.
"We were a little bit taken aback by it. When I read it I thought it was absolute bunkum. We made the call and it just confirmed what we felt anyway."
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