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Chris Coleman fights leg infection

last updated Friday 27th February 2004, 10:01 AM
Fulham Manager Chris Coleman
Fulham Manager Chris Coleman

Fulham Manager Chris Coleman has an infection in the leg injury that ended his playing career.

The Fulham boss was rushed to hospital on Tuesday for emergency treatment and is expected to miss tomorrow's home league clash with Manchester United.

Coleman, the youngest manager in the Premiership at 33, was originally set to return to training today.

But Fulham revealed he is being given antibiotics intravenously to stop the infection spreading.

A spokeswoman for the club said: "We believe Chris will be out of hospital in the next few days. He is feeling substantially better." but did not know if he would be out of hospital in time to take his seat in the Loftus Road dugout.

Coleman's No2 Steve Kean has taken temporary charge of team affairs.

Kean has spoken to Coleman's wife Belinda and revealed the manager was instructed to stay away from Tuesday night's 3-0 FA Cup replay win over West Ham for fear of infecting his players.

Coleman shattered his left leg in three places in a horrific car smash in 2001.

He underwent several operations in a bid to resume his playing career but was finally forced to admit defeat a year ago.

The defender made just one playing appearance during that time - as a sub for Wales.

Fulham chairman Mohamed Al Fayed, upon hearing of Coleman’s situation, sent his personal medic to offer the manager assistance.

Al Fayed’s spokesman revealed: “Mr Al Fayed sent his own doctor to see Chris in hospital.”

Father-of-four Coleman took over the reins after Jean Tigana was sacked in April last year.

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