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Tuesday, 11 February, 2003, 23:52 GMT
Footballer released from hospital
Vale Park
Rae Ingram hopes for a return to Vale Park action
A professional footballer suffering from meningitis has been discharged from hospital.

Port Vale defender Rae Ingram, 28, is recovering at home after doctors confirmed he was suffering from the viral strain of the illness.

He was confined to an isolation ward at the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford.

Other members of the Second Division club's squad were tested for the illness.

'Light' training

Ingram, who has been out injured for much of this season, could face a recovery period of up to three months.

Club physiotherapist Matt Radcliffe said: "It's a viral strain of meningitis and hopefully he should be OK to start light training in about two weeks time, depending on how he feels of course."

Meningitis is an inflammation of the brain lining and is mostly caused by bacteria and viruses.

Viral meningitis is more common than the bacterial form and is rarely life-threatening.


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