Wednesday 04 July 2012

Sturridge recovering from viral meningitis

Manager Roberto di Matteo says young forward was taken to hospital after feeling unwell

Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge scored 11 League goals for Chelsea last season

Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo has confirmed striker Daniel Sturridge is recovering from viral meningitis.

The 22-year-old forward, who was named in Great Britain's Olympic football squad for London 2012 earlier this week, underwent tests after feeling unwell over the weekend.

"The fact he is feeling better is very positive. I am optimistic"
- Roberto di Matteo

"Daniel has viral meningitis," said Di Matteo. "I spoke to him and he feels better now. Hopefully he gets well as soon as possible.

"He felt unwell over the weekend and was taken to hospital afterwards.

"We have to monitor him on a daily basis but the fact he is feeling better is very positive. I am optimistic."

Sturridge scored 11 Barclays Premier League goals as part of the Chelsea squad that went on to win the Champions League.

The former Manchester City forward was expected to be a key part of GB's 18-man squad for the Olympics under manager Stuart Pearce and is hopeful of recovering in time.

"Thankfully, I am starting to feel a lot better and I am optimistic about being able to make the Olympics," said Sturridge.

"I am fortunate to have received many wishes of support and I want to thank everybody who has sent messages, it is much appreciated."

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Key Points

  • Chelsea confirm Daniel Sturridge is recovering from viral meningitis
  • Player has recently been named in GB's Olympic football squad
  • Scored 11 League goals in 30 appearances for the Blues last season