Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce stays away after feeling unwell
Allardyce watched from the stands as Blackburn beat Peterborough 5-2 in Tuesday night's Carling Cup match and did not do post-match interviews so as to avoid passing on his illness. Having lost 5-0 to Chelsea last Saturday without two swine flu-hit players understood to be David Dunn and Chris Samba Blackburn will be hoping that Allardyce is fully recovered before they visit champions Manchester United on Saturday. Related ArticlesUnited to give Obertan league debutBlackburn 5 Peterborough 2Manchester United 'thugs' on rampageA small competition with a big reputation for troubleSam Allardyce warns Chelsea over swine fluSport on televisionIn total three Rovers players and two staff members have been recovering from swine flu but Allardyce's assistant, Neil McDonald, said yesterday that there had been no new cases of the virus at the club. "He [Allardyce] is feeling a little unwell, so he sat upstairs as he wanted to see the picture from above," McDonald said. "He trusts in his staff which is excellent, and he was at the game but he didn't want to take any chances. He shot out just to make sure nobody gets what he might have." A Blackburn spokesman confirmed that Allardyce was not at the club's training ground yesterday, where the players not involved in Tuesday night's game trained. Allardyce expressed his frustration that Blackburn had to play their match at Chelsea, saying the Premier League "shirked their responsibility" by saying the club had not requested that the game be postponed.
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