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TEAM UPDATE

Posted on 8 May 2006  - 12:00

The players struck down by illness before Sunday's clash at West Ham are improving, but feeling the effects of the game.

The players struck down by illness before Sunday's clash at West Ham are improving, but feeling the effects of the game.

Martin Jol described the lads as ‘heroes’ after their efforts but it was a sad end to the season as we lost 2-1 and therefore missed out on fourth place.

Club doctor Kalpesh Parmar said this afternoon: “Given the nature of such infection, it is incredibly difficult to determine the origin. It could be passed by food contamination or human contact. In respect of the tests that have been conducted it will be at least 48 hours before we have those results. Early indications are that it is going to be extremely difficult to pinpoint accurately the origin.

“The most badly-affected players were Michael Dawson, Michael Carrick, Lee Barnard and Edgar Davids but the list goes on.

“Teemu Tainio called today to say he had diarrhoea and vomiting, the same symptoms as the other players. He was told to stay at home.

“I had a look at the players today and they are all still feeling a bit rough and very tired after the game.

“They have a lot of muscle soreness, which is to be expected.

“We’ve basically told them that they need to re-hydrate themselves, they are feeling better in terms of their symptoms with the medication we gave them to clear up the sickness and it’s a question of letting whatever they had work out of their system.

“They are feeling better symptom-wise but they are also feeling the effects of the game more than they normally would.

“I don’t know how they got through it to be honest - Michael Dawson playing 90 minutes after the state he was in and Michael Carrick, who had to come off, it was unbelievable.â€Â