Two Port Adelaide players have been hospitalised with viral meningitis.
Port Adelaide are continuing to take caution against viral meningitis at its training base with John Butcher and Jarrad Redden both still in hospital.
Butcher was hospitalised with viral meningitis on Thursday night and Redden has shown similar symptoms to the illness.
The ruckman is due to undergo more tests to diagnose the exact illness.
Defender Matthew Broadbent told AFL.com.au precautions were being taken at the club’s Alberton training base to ensure the sickness does not spread.
“Butcher’s still in hospital, I think he’s tracking all right, and Reddo’s the same, but he’s still getting more tests done to find out exactly what’s going on with him,” he said.
“I don’t know too much about [viral meningitis]; I know you’ve just got to get your hygiene right and we’ll be doing that around the club to make sure it doesn’t spread too far.
“[We’ll] keep a few boys away from the club just as a precaution.
“I think it can spread pretty quick so we’ve just got to be pretty careful.”
Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley last night refused to blame the virus on Port’s poor performance against the Magpies on Sunday.
“I can say we had blokes sick, but it sounds like I am making an excuse,” he said.
“We went into the game with the full squad trying to play well…trying to play well.”