Queens Park Rangers and Chelsea are in talks about how to handle the pre-match handshake at this weekend's west London derby.
The Premier League encounter is the first meeting between the clubs since
Terry, who remains the subject of a
Ferdinand is also recovering well after a shoulder injury, meaning the defenders are on course to meet for the first time since the Chelsea captain's race trial in July.
The match could also involve Chelsea left-back
Consequently, there has been speculation as to whether Ferdinand would shake some of his Chelsea counterparts' hands – a tradition that was abandoned in advance of the previous two encounters between the clubs.
QPR is reportedly liaising with Chelsea on how to approach the weekend's fixture and plans to make an announcement on the matter soon.
Regardless of the tension, the Premier League has no plans to cancel the pre-match handshakes, with a spokesperson telling Press Association Sport: "We are expecting the handshakes to go forward."
It is understood that the body has not been involved in the ongoing talks between the clubs and does not expect to be approached about cancelling the handshake as there is no active legal case.
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