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Blackburn Rovers have announced that three of their players are suffering from swine flu. The identity of the players has not yet been confirmed but Christopher Samba and David Dunn were absent from the 5-0 drubbing by Chelsea, with their absences attributed to virus-like symptoms.

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Asked whether Chris Samba and David Dunn were two of the sufferers, Rovers boss Sam Allardyce said: ''It's definitely swine flu - you've speculated on the names and I'll leave it at that.

''We have had one more case this morning, one more player and there are a couple of staff. Other than that, the others that we left behind are recovering well but not available for tomorrow.''

One of the staff members is the club's doctor, while Dunn is believed to have displayed signs of sickness following last weekend's Lancashire derby victory over Burnley at Ewood Park, during which he scored for the home side in a man-of-the-match performance.

Blackburn have kept in regular contact with the Premier League over the past week, with the club confident that they are in control of the outbreak after taking medical advice.

It had been thought that Rovers may ask for special dispensation from the Footbal League to postpone their Carling Cup tie with Peterborough on Tuesday but the club has confirmed that the match will go ahead as planned.

"There has been speculation in the national media following confirmation of sickness within the camp, but we can reassure all supporters that the tie will go ahead as planned,'' Rovers club secretary Andrew Pincher said.

Manchester City defender Micah Richards had been the most high profile Premier League player to contract the virus after falling ill while on holiday in Cyprus over the summer.

A precedent for postponement of matches due to swine flu was set in France on Sunday after the Ligue 1 clash between Marseille and PSG was postponed because three PSG players were struck down with the bug.

Ludovic Giuly and Mamadou Sakho were diagnosed with the virus on Saturday but the confirmation of a third case in the squad, as well as two members of the coaching staff reporting symptoms forced Ligue 1 authorities to act.


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