Saturday, December 12, 2009

Sreesanth suffers swine flu

India paceman Shanthakumaran Sreesanth has contracted swine flu and has been admitted to a hospital in Chandigarh for treatment.

Sreesanth, who made a comeback to international cricket after a gap of 18 months in the recently concluded Test series against Sri Lanka, was ruled out of the second Twenty20 game against Kumar Sangakkara's side on Saturday in Mohali due to what was believed to be a viral infection. Sreesanth had already missed the first Twenty20 international against Sri Lanka in Nagpur on Wednesday due to the same illness.

"Sreesanth was admitted to the Fortis Hospital and was seen by physician Dr Vikas Bhutani prior to admission," the Punjab Cricket Association said. "Due to persistent symptoms of cough, fever and body ache, a throat swab was sent for H1N1 (swine flu) testing."

He added: "The report was found to be positive and he was immediately put on medication.

"He will remain in the hospital for a day or two.

"He is recovering well and all his vital signs are normal."

It's still unclear if Sreesanth will miss any of the five matches in the one-day series which begins on Tuesday.

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