News today that the Newcastle squad have been fighting against a flu bug in their training headquarters in Benton.
Chris Hughton – manouvered past the flu bug – phew!
But it seems the medical staff have done well to contain the problem by instigating rules to reduce the spread of the bug, and that has to be good news.
Chris Hughton talked about it today:
“It would probably have been the worst-case scenario if it had spread throughout the squad, but we have been OK.” “We have had a few players and staff who have gone down with the flu, that was last week and the week before.”
“We are over that now and at the tail-end of it. The most important thing is that we are as professional as we can in terms of trying to contain it, which means using hand washes and so on.”
“Because it’s a working environment, you have lads who change in the same changing room, so it is very susceptible to picking up bugs and viruses, so you have to protect them as much as you can.”
“There is only so much you can do, though, but it seems as though we have escaped the worst of it.”
We wonder if that’s what hit young Nile Ranger, who has had to miss the England U19 games because of illness, although he is now recovered and should be fit for Saturday’s game.
The England U19 side play Slovakia today, although they have already qualified for the Elite rounds early next year, and we expect 18 year-old Ryan Donaldson to start that game, for his second start in a row.