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Unwell Allardyce avoids players

Sam Allardyce
Allardyce sat in the stands during Tuesday's game

Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce has kept himself away from his players because of illness, as the club attempts to contain an outbreak of swine flu.

Allardyce sat in the stands during Tuesday's 5-2 win over Peterborough and did not do post-match media interviews.

"He is feeling a little unwell, so he sat upstairs and shot out (after the game) so nobody gets what he may have," said assistant boss Neil McDonald.

Three players at the club have been recovering from the swine flu virus.

There are thought to be five cases at the club in total and reports had suggested Rovers would seek to postpone Tuesday's tie at Ewood Park, but the game went ahead.

Midfielder David Dunn and defender Chris Samba were two of the Blackburn players reported to have a virus and both of them were missing from the squad for the 5-0 defeat at Chelsea on Saturday, though Dunn did come on as a late substitute against Posh.


And McDonald says the club have no new swine flu cases to report.

"It's under control," said McDonald.

"We had a squad up on Monday and everyone came through from that squad which was great.

"We will monitor it on a 24-hour basis. Everyone seems okay."

The Health Protection Agency said on Tuesday that the habit of spitting "could increase the risk of passing on infections".

And McDonald said that the club was doing everything in its power to ensure the virus did not spread.

"I'm not a medic so I don't know how it is passed on, but you can spit, cough, sneeze - anything that comes out of your body is how it is passed on I suppose," he said.

"I think there is always a problem in it spreading, but we are doing our best to try and contain everything by doing the right things and monitoring everyone, and we will continue to do that.

"Hopefully it won't spread any more, fingers crossed."

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