Swine flu scare for US cap­tain Dono­van

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LOS AN­GE­LES: Lan­don Dono­van, cap­tain of the US na­tional foot­ball team and team­mate of David Beck­ham at LA Galaxy, tested pos­i­tive for the new in­fluenza virus A(H1N1) and was un­der ob­ser­va­tion, the daily Los An­ge­les Times re­ported yes­ter­day.

“I got home last night and when I woke up this morn­ing I was just on fire so I took a tem­per­a­ture and had a fever and fig­ured some­thing was go­ing on. So I went to the doc­tor and sure enough,” the striker said.

On Wed­nes­day, al­ready with symp­toms, he played the full match for the US against Mex­ico in Mex­ico City.

Bruce Arena, Dono­van’s coach at LA Galaxy, said the player may have got the virus from two mem­bers of the team’s staff, but his con­di­tion is not se­ri­ous.

“He has a slight strain of the flu and he’s at the tail end of it. There’s no need for alarm,” Arena noted.

He stressed that Dono­van is out of the 48-hour pe­riod in which he could be ex­pected to be in­fec­tious.

Dono­van was part of the US team that deep­ened a neg­a­tive run in Mex­ico, where it has suf­fered 23 de­feats and a draw since the two teams first clashed. – Sapa-DPA

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