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Austin OK Following Heart Scare

Swansea City feared Kevin Austin's career could be over after the defender suffered a major heart scare recently.

Fears arised after Austin came off just 20 minutes during the Yeovil game complaining he was struggling to breath.

Physio Richard Evans explained the situation and said: ''Kevin came off against Yeovil because he was struggling to perform as he knows he can,''

''He is a long-term asthma sufferer and had a viral infection which caused more tightness in his chest.

''We had to investigate the problem further, and an ECG done by our doctor, Dr Streph Amos, showed an irregular trace.

''We then referred him to the cardiology department at Morriston Hospital for another ECG and again it showed an irregularity.

''Their initial feeling was that he had suffered a minor heart attack - not during the Yeovil game but some time over the weekend - and they kept him in overnight.

''They conducted two ECGs the next day. One, at rest, was irregular, while the second, under exercise, was normal.

''From that moment the panic was over.

''They felt the irregularity was because Kevin has a fit and athletic heart, which is enlarged because he is an athlete. The irregularities have been put down to that.

''We have done everything to try to rule out a heart condition, which there's no history of in Kevin's family or in Kevin himself.

''He will have an angiogram, which is an in-depth look at the coronary artery, tonight, and if that is okay he will be ready to return to training.

''We're optimistic that there will not be a problem.'

Austin could get the all-clear this week which means he will be available for the Chesterfield home game a week Saturday and could even make Saturday's trip to Tranmere.

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Date:Tuesday March 6 2007

Time: 1:34PM

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