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Last Updated: Tuesday, 14 February 2006, 16:45 GMT
Atkinson suffers blood poisoning
Former football boss Ron Atkinson hopes to be out of hospital by the end of the week after developing blood poisoning.

The ex-Manchester United and Aston Villa manager reportedly came close to losing a leg after falling ill after returning from a holiday in Barbados.

The 66-year-old who lives in Barnt Green, Worcestershire, told Real Radio Yorkshire that his leg had ballooned - possibly due to an insect bite.

He was admitted to Birmingham's Priory Hospital, where he remained on Tuesday.

'Monitoring situation'

Atkinson, who hosts a weekly sports phone-in for the Yorkshire station, said: "I felt a bit queasy two or three weeks ago and I assumed I had got a bit of a flu bug, like a virus.

"After about three or four days I noticed my ankle had become inflamed, so I tried to take my own antibiotics but I was possibly a day or two too late on that, so I went to see my doctor who quickly whipped me into the hospital in Birmingham.

"The doctor gave me intensive antibiotics for two or three days and it's now just a question of monitoring the situation."

The Liverpool-born former ITV pundit also used to manage West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield Wednesday.

Atkinson is unsure of when he will be discharged, but hopes to return home before Friday.


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