Blackpool hit by Charlie Adam injury scare

Blackpool skipper Charlie Adam
Blackpool skipper Charlie Adam
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Charlie Adam hopes to be fit for Blackpool’s crunch clash at Fulham on Sunday after an injury scare in Scotland’s 2-0 defeat by Brazil yesterday.

National team boss Craig Levein suggested though Adam was suffering more mentally than physically after failing to carry his Blackpool form into the high-profile friendly at Arsenal.

The Seasiders skipper conceded the penalty for the Brazilians’ second and hurt his knee making a challenge but he insisted it was nothing serious.

Adam said: “I just got a whack on it. We clashed knees but I’ll be all right and hopefully I’ll be ready for the weekend.”

Levein said: “Charlie Adam in particular is disappointed in the way he played. I said to Charlie that it just shows him where he has come from in the last year or so.

“He recognises that and it was refreshing to hear him say he felt he could have played a lot better.

“But he played his part in the team effort, that’s for sure.”

Having gone into the game on the back of confidence-boosting 3-0 victories over the Faroe Islands and Northern Ireland, Scotland were outplayed in north London.

When it was suggested the Scots had gone into their shell, Adam said: “Teams like that make you do that.

“It was a valuable experience for us and will stand us in good stead for the (remaining Euro 2012) qualifiers and the two games we’ve got at the end of the season (against Wales and the Republic of Ireland in the Carling Nations Cup).”

Comparing Brazil to European Championship group rivals Spain, Adam added: “They’ve got some of the best players in the world, like Spain. It’s great to be playing against these sides. They don’t come along very often.

“We’ll learn from this game. It’s one of those where you can’t be overawed and I thought we did OK at times.”