Monday, January 23, 2012

Manning fit for Championship game

After a slight scare, 2008 Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning has confirmed he will be fit for the New York Giants NFC title game against the San Francisco 49ers after suffering from 'a stomach bug'.

Manning felt ill when he woke up on Wednesday but decided to 'tough it out' and took full part in the walk through plays before letting stand-in David Carr take over the live snaps.

However, after receiving some intravenous fluids he says he is back to 100% and is relieved that he fell ill on Wednesday and not at the weekend. Those looking at the best online Super Bowl odds will be wondering if he will be back to full fitness.

"It wasn't going well so I tried to be smart," said Manning. "It was fortunate it happened on a Wednesday and not later in the week."

Even if he had been ill, it is highly unlikely that Manning would have missed the match due to a stomach virus. The quarterback is known as one of the toughest players in the sport and is currently on a record streak of 128 consecutive starts and has overcome much more serious issue to maintain that run.

In 2007 he played through a shoulder injury while in 2009 he refused to let a foot problem sideline him.

The 31-year-old has downplayed the fuss surrounding his recent illness and says he is now fully focussed on his team's trip to California. "I didn't watch too much TV so I didn't see the attention it was getting," he said. "You know, when you get into big games like this any little thing that pops up people make a big deal about. We can put it behind us now and focus on the game."

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