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Swine flu for Rovers’ Roberts

Sam Allardyce has confirmed that Jason Roberts is the latest member of the Blackburn Rovers squad to go down with suspected swine flu.

Allardyce has also been suffering with the illness in the last few days, but most of the players who were diagnosed with the ailment last week now appear to have recovered sufficiently to face Manchester United on Saturday.

"I'm okay now – I think we've only Jason Roberts," Allardyce said.

"There was another player suffering with it earlier in the week and Jason looks like it now, so we've left him at home and sent the doctor out to see him.

"The symptoms look very much like the general swine flu symptoms, so we will obviously go and get a full check on him.

"We've just got Chris Samba back, who seems to have been affected the most by the symptoms.

"He's been left pretty weak, I think he has lost about four or five kilos. It is an incredible amount of fluid he has lost.

"We'll have to check if he is strong enough to be capable of being selected for the squad on Saturday. We'll run him through training today and see where we go from there."

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