Christopher Samba struck down by stomach virus, claims Steve Kean

Kean claims Tottenham target Samba has been struck down by virus

Wantaway Blackburn central defender Christopher Samba is to go into hospital for tests after falling ill ahead of the club's win over Fulham.

Samba, who has been linked with Tottenham, QPR and Paris St Germain, was last week quoted as saying 'it is time for a change'.

Rovers manager Steve Kean has confirmed, after a 3-1 victory at home to the Cottagers achieved with only 10 men after Yakubu's 23rd-minute dismissal, that Samba then claimed to be sick on Friday morning.

Virus: Samba missed the win over Fulham after calling in sick

Virus: Samba missed the win over Fulham after calling in sick on Friday

'He trained really well all week, but then he texted the doctor on Friday to say he was not feeling well,' said Kean.

'That was really disappointing because he would certainly have been available to play.

'So he'll be at the hospital either tonight or tomorrow morning, just for tests because he has complained of severe stomach cramps.

All smiles: Kean celebrated an important win over Fulham

All smiles: Kean celebrated an important win over Fulham

'We'll make sure the virus he has is not too serious, that it clears up and he can be available for Everton.'

Remarkably, Kean has yet to speak personally to Samba regarding his remarks to L'Equipe, adding: 'When I spoke to the press on Thursday, I was told he was meant to have done an article.

'So I'd like to talk to him because it's happened before where he has been misquoted, but then on Friday he texted in sick, so I haven't spoken to him.'

There was a suggestion, though, Kean was not happy with the player as he said: 'I would rather talk about the lads who were out there, those who put their body on the line for the club and each other.

'Anybody else who is not here, I'd rather not talk about them.'