Arsenal defender Toure hit by bout of malaria

Arsenal defender Kolo Toure has contracted malaria.

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The Sun says Toure, 27, picked up the disease at home in the Ivory Coast and is now a doubt for the start of the new Premier League campaign.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has already lost Alex Hleb to Barcelona, Mathieu Flamini to Milan and Gilberto Silva to Panathanaikos.

And his plans to bring in new faces has been interrupted with the news of Toure's illness.

The player was taken to hospital while on the club's mini pre-season tour of Austria and Hungary.

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