Abidal catches swine flu
Published 14:01 20/11/09 By Pa Sports
Barcelona have confirmed midfielder Yaya Toure has also contracted swine flu along with defender Eric Abidal.
The club revealed on Friday morning that Abidal had been diagnosed with the virus and that Toure was undergoing tests after developing similar symptoms. And they have now confirmed the Ivory Coast international does indeed have swine flu.
"Eric Abidal and Toure Yaya have viral-like symptoms with fever and general discomfort," read a statement on FCBarcelona.cat. "Relevant tests have been carried out on both players and these have confirmed that it is swine flu."
It continued: "This Friday at midday the club's medical services informed that Eric Abidal had swine flu and in the afternoon the tests carried out confirmed that Toure Yaya was also suffering from it.
"The medical services are working following the protocols established by the health department isolating the players, carrying out symptomatic treatment and giving appropriate hygienic measures."
It is further misfortune for Abidal who was struggling to recover from an injury picked up during Saturday's World Cup play-off between France and the Republic of Ireland.
The news comes as a big blow for Barcelona who have a tough week ahead with a Champions League clash with Inter Milan sandwiched between Primera Division matches against Athletic Bilbao and second-placed Real Madrid.