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Footballer struck with swine flu

Bob Harris
Bob Harris contracted swine flu while on holiday

A young footballer with a Scottish first division club has been confirmed as having contracted swine flu.

Queen of the South defender Bob Harris, 21, picked up the H1N1 virus while on holiday in Ibiza.

He is the second player with the Dumfries side to get the disease, which has also struck midfielder Paul Burns.

The club's manager Gordon Chisholm said it appeared to be a mild case and the player had been told to rest and stay at home until the weekend.

Despite the two cases at the football team, the south west of Scotland remains clear of the disease as neither player lives in the region.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway is the only mainland health board in Scotland without a confirmed case of swine flu.

'Laid low'

The Queen of the South manager said he expected Harris to be back in action soon.

"Bobby Harris has been laid low with swine flu," he told the club's website.

"He caught it while on holiday with his pals in Ibiza but it's no worse than Paul Burns and he's just been told to rest and stay at home until the weekend."

Harris joined Queen of the South in the summer of 2007 from Clyde.

He has become a top performer for the team, scoring a goal against FC Nordsjaelland in the only European matches in the club's history.



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