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Gaz cancels Monday training to stop bug spreading
A SICKNESS bug led to Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth cancelling training for his players on Monday.
No fewer than four players were unavailable for Saturday's win over Torquay after being laid low by illness, with striker Jo Kuffour having to play despite being one of the players affected by the bug.
Ainsworth decided the best course of action was to shut the training ground at the start of the week to give his players extra time to get over their illnesses.
Everyone is now recovered and Leon Johnson is the only player who will definitely miss Saturday's trip to Bristol Rovers, with the central defender sidelined through a knee injury.
Ainsworth said: "On Monday I shut the place down. Nobody was allowed in the training ground on Monday because we had so much illness over the weekend.
"After losing four players on the Saturday and one on the Friday, I said to everybody, 'Stay at home and get your vitamin C in you and we'll see you Tuesday'. I didn't want people passing it on to each other.
"It was my way of thinking we could stop the illness and it seems to have worked. All the squad's back now fully fit - there's only Leon who's not going to do any training today.
"It's the time of year where the seasons change and it's quite a dubious time of year for sickness. When you're so close to somebody in the dressing room and you're in each other's pockets all day you're bound to pass things on. Hopefully it's the end of it."
Meanwhile, Ainsworth is hopeful strikers Dean Morgan and Steven Craig can play a part against Rovers after both returned to full training today.
Top scorer Morgan has been kept out with a nerve problem in his leg while an energy sapping virus has laid Craig low for a month.
Both made a return to full training this morning and Ainsworth has his fingers crossed they'll come through with no ill effects.
The Blues boss said: "Thursday's quite an intense day. We'll introduce them and they might have to step out of a couple of things and go back in.
"It's a dip your foot in the water job with both of them. I work closely with Theo Farley the physio and he tells me exactly what they can and can't do. As the manager I have to listen to him sometimes.
"They are two big players for us, two big forwards. Everyone seems to be coming back together and it gives me big selection problems. To have these two back is a big boost."
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