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Walsall set for flu battle.

WALSALL are bracing themselves for a battle with an opponent more devastating than any League One side - the flu. On-loan defender Clayton McDonald was laid low with the virus this week, while boss Chris Hutchings and leftback Netan Sansara were both suffering with a case of the sniffles on Thursday.

So a doctor has been called in to the club's Essington training ground to see which squad members want the flu jab.

Although not a compulsory requirement, Hutchings does expect the majority of his players to take up the innoculation offer.

It was a similar step that near-neighbours Albion took in the build-up to the swine flu outbreak at Blackburn Rovers last month and after Baggies boss Roberto Di Matteo had been struck down with the milder form of the virus.

"The physio Jon Whitney has gone round with a doc finding out who wants them (a flu jab) and we're just getting it all sorted out," explained Hutchings, whose side host Stockport County this afternoon.

''You've got all this swine flu going on everywhere and I think it's just the dampness in the weather that causes a lot of it. So we are going down the line of getting the jabs.

"You get some lads who don't actually like the jabs because in the past, as has happened to myself, I've had it and it does give you a little bit of a symptom of it and I've been quite poorly with it.

"I think once you have that experience then you're a bit reluctant to have it again. But the majority of the lads do go down the line of having it. It's not a compulsory thing, it's up to the individual."

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Date:Nov 14, 2009
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