Swine flu hits Gold Coast United

Pre-season stars Gold Coast United have been hit by an in-club swine flu epidemic.

Pre-season stars Gold Coast United have been hit by an in-club swine flu epidemic.

The new A-League franchise has five players displaying symptoms similar to the H1N1 virus and have taken caution by placing affected duo Tahj Minniecon and Joel Porter in quarantine.

Coach Miron Bleiberg said it is not a great lead-up to this weekend’s trial clash against Central Coast Mariners but the club would manage.

“It’s not ideal preparation for the Mariners match but we shall overcome,” he said.

“We have great depth at this club and I don’t think there is any possibility the game is in jeopardy, even if it means we have to play with a batch of youngsters.

“This has really crept up on us. On Wednesday Joel Porter seemed to be in perfect health, the he rang on Thursday morning to say he was feeling under the weather.

“I’m just glad that if we have to have bad luck it’s happening to us now rather than days out from the start of the A-League season.”