Stoke City: Charlie Adam needs more time to get over father's death, says Stoke manager Tony Pulis
TONY Pulis fears that Charlie Adam is still going through a tough grieving process which is hindering his first season at Stoke City.
Adam, who has started 17 of Stoke's 30 league games, was again restricted to a late cameo during Saturday's goalless draw against West Bromwich Albion.
It has left many fans accusing Pulis of abandoning Adam at a time when Stoke need his craft after one win in 11 league games.
But Pulis appears to be sympathetic towards the Scottish international after the sudden death of his father Charlie senior, himself a footballer in his prime, shortly before Christmas.
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"There's been a lot of stuff going on in Charlie's life," said Pulis, "and I think we have been very supportive.
"There is a lot of stuff Charlie's had to deal with that you wouldn't wish on anybody.
"It's something that's come out of the blue and you have to deal with it, but it's a tragedy and something very, very difficult to get over. I know for a fact he was very close to his dad."
Adam will be on international duty for Gordon Strachan's Scotland over the next eight days in World Cup qualifiers at home to Wales (Friday) and away in Serbia (tomorrow week).
Pulis hopes the game time will help, saying: "Going away and playing, if Gordon selects him, will get him two games under his belt that will help."
Stoke's draw with Albion ended a run of three defeats and was serenaded throughout by a supportive home crowd.
"The crowd deserve a lot of credit, they have been brilliant," Pulis enthused. "The people who turned up got right behind the team right from the first whistle."
Glenn Whelan, who is due to link up with Ireland this week, is under treatment for the ankle injury forcing him off at half-time.
Match report: Pages 50&51