The influenza bug could derail Johor Darul Takzim’s bid to retain the Malaysian Super League title – which they have won for a record sixth successive time – with an unbeaten record after the virus hit all three teams – the Southern Tigers, JDT II, and JDT III in a big way.
JDT, who play Petaling Jaya City FC at home on Wednesday is the worse hit with 10 players, followed by JDT II four players and three from JDT III. Several coaches and other staff have also been tested positive.
Alistair Edwards, JDT’s Technical Director, in a posting on the Southern Tigers Facebook said JDT has taken steps to contain that has taken a toll on the Johor teams.
“We have sent all players, coaches, and staff for a medical check-up, ” said the former Australian international who played for Johor when the team clinched a double by winning the League and the Malaysia Cup under coach Michael Urukalo.
“JDT have also sanitized the Southern Tigers training center at Seri Gelam to ensure a safe environment.”
The Southern Tigers whipped Perak 3-0 at the Perak Stadium in Ipoh on Saturday. Apart from PJ City, the Johor outfit plays Kuala Lumpur away on July 14 and complete their fixtures with a home match against Terengganu on July 21. – BY RIZAL ABDULLAH