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LONDON, October 27- Blackburn Rovers have insisted their League Cup tie against Peterborough will go ahead as planned on Tuesday despite three players at the club, as well as staff members, suffering with swine flu.SAM_ALLARDYCE_Rovers manager Sam Allardyce revealed Monday the virus had struck prior to last weekend’s 5-0 thrashing by Premier League leaders Chelsea but refused to name the players involved.

Asked if Christopher Samba and David Dunn, who missed the Chelsea match, were among the affected, Allardyce said on Monday: "It’s definitely swine flu – you’ve speculated on the names and I’ll leave it at that.

"We have had one more case this morning, one more player and there are a couple of staff.

"Other than that, the others that we left behind are recovering well but not available for tomorrow (Tuesday)."

Blackburn would have required special dispensation from the Football League to postpone the tie against Peterborough but they insisted Monday they had no qualms about going ahead with the game.

Rovers club secretary Andrew Pincher said: "There has been speculation in the national media following confirmation of sickness within the camp, but we can reassure all supporters that the tie will go ahead as planned."

Last weekend’s French League match between Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain was postponed after three players from the capital club contracted swine flu.

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