Britney Spears has been struck down with influenza and a throat infection - which are threatening her pop comeback.

The singer was forced to pull out of the European launch of her new album IN THE ZONE on Thursday (30NOV03) because of her health problems, and has been stuck in bed with a high temperature ever since.

Spears' mother LYNN is desperate for her daughter to fly back to her native America to recuperate - but brave Britney is refusing in the hope of resume promotional duties as soon as possible.

A source says, "Lynn's been on the telephone telling her to come home, but Britney's hoping three or four days in bed will do the trick and she doesn't want to let her fans down."

02/11/2003 10:36