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Markus Heikkinen Seriously Ill

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FORMER Aberdeen ace Markus Heikkinen has been struck down with deadly meningitis.

The 31-year-old was diagnosed last week after complaining to doctors of blinding headaches.


Midfielder Heikkinen, who now plays for Austria's Rapid Vienna, is expected to remain in hospital for at least a week.


Doctors in Vienna have put him on a high dose of antibiotics to fight the infection.


Finland international Heikkinen played 68 times for the Dons and scored twice between 2003 and 2005.


An Aberdeen spokesman said: "We're devastated to hear this news. Markus is a great guy and very popular with fans.


"But I'm sure he has the strength and character to pull through."


It is not known what strain of meningitis Swedish-born Heikkinen is suffering from.


Most people with viral meningitis can recover within a couple of weeks.



Best of luck Markus.

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