Barcelona’s Rafael Marquez Struck By Swine Flu Ahead Of Athletic Bilbao Clash - Report

The Mexican will not feature on Saturday evening and will instead be replaced by youngster Andreu Fontas...
Barcelona confirmed on Friday that Eric Abidal and Yaya Toure are suffering from swine flu, and reports suggest that Rafael Marquez is the third player at the club to succumb to the virus.

According to Marca, the defender woke up on Saturday morning with a fever and is set to undergo a series of tests to determine whether he has become infected with the H1N1 virus.

Though the club have not yet confirmed the reports, the Mexican has been ruled out of Saturday night's game at San Mames against Athletic Bilbao.

Andreu Fontas, a youth team player, will take Marquez's place in the squad for tonight's match. The canterano made his debut for the club this season against Sporting Gijon, when he replaced Gerard Pique in the dying minutes.

Anthony Wright, Goal.com