There are fears the Crawley Town First Team could become affected by a sickness bug currently engulfing the youth team.
Ten members of the club’s 16-man under-18 squad have been hit by the bug, though so far none of the senior players have reported any illness.
First team training was cancelled today (Monday) as a precaution and Reds boss Richie Barker said: “It looks like travelling all the way up and back to play Carlisle has actually been a blessing in disguise, though we are still crossing our fingers.
“There’s a bug going around which has made ten of the youth team ill and what we didn’t want is it spreading so we took the decision to cancel training and just kept everybody away.
“I’ve spoken to Niall (Clarke) our head of sports science and physio and touch wood so far we’ve had no calls from any (first team) players complaining of being unwell, so with a bit of luck we’ve got away with it.”
Members of the under-18 side reported starting to feel unwell shortly after their 2-0 victory away at Leyton Orient on Saturday and Barker added: “Apart from an hour on Thursday we’ve not seen the youth team which is lucky because had we played at home on Saturday it could have been a different story.
“So while we all moan about having to go all the way to Carlisle at the weekend the flip side is it could have actually done us a massive favour.”