Team GB striker Sturridge thanks Chelsea medics

Daniel Sturridge has personally thanked the Chelsea medical staff for helping him recover from a bout of meningitis that nearly wrecked his Team GB inclusion, reports BBC Sport.

The 22-year-old developed meningitis three weeks ago and looked set to miss out on Stuart Pearce’s Olympic squad, with the Chelsea striker extremely disappointed when it looked like he would not be able to take part.

Sturridge told the BBC: “I thought that all my hopes and dreams of taking part in the Olympics were over.

The England international appeared for Team GB against Brazil in their only warm-up match, playing 45 minutes. Sturridge cites the Chelsea medical team as the reason he made a swift recovery from the illness.

I was fortunate enough to have a doctor who saw the warning signs straight away and got me off to a hospital bed immediately, I was quarantined for five days and if I hadn’t taken any antibiotics in the hospital, I wouldn’t have had a chance of taking part in the Olympics,” Sturridge said.

Seen by many as a potential game winner for Team GB in their Olympic Group that gets under way next Thursday, Sturridge will look to earn a start against Senegal in GB’s first game of the tournament.

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