Saturday March 23 2019
Milik and Piatek in flu 'epidemic'

Poland have been hit by “an epidemic” of illness, including Krzysztof Piatek and Arkadiusz Milik, leading to concerns after Fabian Ruiz was diagnosed with swine flu.

The Polish team is decimated going into the Euro 2020 qualifier against Latvia, following a victory away to Austria.

“We have an epidemic in the team and the first to have problems ahead of the game with Austria was Arkadiusz Milik,” explained Poland Coach Jerzy Brzeczek.

“Perhaps there was something wrong with the air conditioning in the hotel in Vienna, because then many players had the same symptoms.

“Our medical staff are working quickly to ensure the virus doesn’t spread further. Jan Bednarek and Bartosz Bereszynski did not take part in today’s training session.

“The flu has hit eight players, including Piatek.”

The big concern with Milik being Patient Zero is that his Napoli teammate Alex Meret has also been suffering from flu symptoms and didn’t play Italy’s Under-21 match this week.

Above all, Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz pulled out of the Spain squad and had to spend several days in hospital because of breathing difficulties, later reportedly diagnosed as swine flu.

If this is the same condition that spread to Milik and in turn the Poland squad, then it needs to be treated rapidly before becoming worse.

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