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London 2012 Olympics: Daniel Sturridge praises doctor

Sturridge praises Chelsea doctor after quick diagnosis of meningitis

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UPDATED:

22:38 GMT, 22 July 2012

Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge has paid tribute to club doctor Dave Porter for keeping alive his Team GB dream after viral meningitis.

He said: ‘I was fortunate to have a doctor who saw the warning signs straight away and got me off to a hospital.’

On the mend: Daniel Sturridge (right) has recovered from viral meningitis

On the mend: Daniel Sturridge (right) has recovered from viral meningitis

London 2012 Olympics: Daniel Sturridge thanks Stuart Pearce

Sturridge grateful to Pearce for keeping Games dream alive after meningitis recovery

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UPDATED:

09:57 GMT, 21 July 2012

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Striker Daniel Sturridge has thanked Great Britain manager Stuart Pearce for helping him keep his Olympic dream alive.

The Chelsea forward looked a serious doubt for the Games a fortnight ago when he was confirmed as having viral meningitis, but played 45 minutes of the 2-0 friendly defeat to Brazil in Middlesbrough on Friday.

Grateful: Daniel Sturridge, who recovered from viral meningitis, will represent Team GB at the Olympics

Grateful: Daniel Sturridge, who recovered from viral meningitis, will represent Team GB at the Olympics

His game-time prompted Pearce to confirm that the 22-year-old is likely to retain his place in the 18-man squad that starts its campaign against Senegal, and Sturridge is grateful to his boss for his patience.

The boss: Stuart Pearce picked Sturridge after deeming he was fit enough

The boss: Stuart Pearce picked Sturridge after deeming he was fit enough

'I'm very happy. It's been a long road for me to get back and I've had to go through a lot of stuff over these last couple of weeks,' he said.

'Thanks to the manager for being patient and waiting for me to get fit and thanks to the Chelsea doctor for being there for me when I was going through everything.

'It's been difficult because for two weeks I wasn't doing anything, so to get 45 minutes under my belt was crucial and I'm happy.'

Goals from Sandro and Neymar saw off Sturridge and his team-mates last night, with Brazil demonstrating just why they are gold medal favourites.

Sturridge's strike partner Craig Bellamy, though, believes better things are on the horizon for Team GB.

'This was our first competitive game after 13 days and they don't come much harder than Brazil,' he said.

More to come: Craig Bellamy believes there is more to come from Team GB

More to come: Craig Bellamy believes there is more to come from Team GB

'Brazil have been building this team for a year and a half, so we knew what we were up against. But we have another game in six days and the next six days are going to be important for us.

'We got our foot on the ball and tried to play. We have a lot of good footballers in our team, but in the final third, that's what we need and why the next six days are important for us.

'Come the Senegal game we will be a lot stronger. We have to realise we are 13 days in to the season, so physically we are improving and we will improve.'

Daniel Sturridge allowed to rejoin Team GB

Sturridge back in business as striker given green light to join Team GB

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UPDATED:

23:50 GMT, 15 July 2012

Daniel Sturridge has been given the green light to start his Olympic adventure.

The Chelsea forward will meet up with his Team GB team-mates for the first time on Monday afternoon after being given the all-clear by Blues doctors following his bout of viral meningitis.

Stuart Pearce’s side return from their Spanish training camp on the same day and Sturridge will join up with the squad at the Olympic Village immediately.

Ready: Daniel Sturridge has been given the green light

Ready: Daniel Sturridge has been given the green light

Sturridge has started light training at Chelsea’s Cobham base as he looks to build up his fitness ahead of Team GB’s opener against Senegal at Old Trafford on July 26.

The news will come as a huge boost to Pearce, with Sturridge expected to be his side’s first-choice striker during the Games.

Boost: Stuart Pearce is expected to make Sturridge his main man

Boost: Stuart Pearce is expected to make Sturridge his main man

Question marks remain over Sturridge’s match fitness after recovering from his illness, but speaking last week Pearce insisted he would include the England international in his plans as long as he was given a clean bill of health before July 25 — the deadline for naming any squad replacements.

The 22-year-old will hope to complete a full week of training and then play some part in Team GB’s warm-up friendly against Brazil at the Riverside Stadium on Friday.

Chelsea plot new Andre Schurrle bid but Daniel Sturridge could leave

Chelsea plot improved 20m bid for striker Schurrle… but Sturridge could be out

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UPDATED:

09:06 GMT, 11 July 2012

Chelsea are planning a new 20million offer for Germany striker Andre Schurrle.

The European Champions had a 17m bid for the 21-year-old front-man rejected earlier this month by Bayer Leverkusen, who are adamant they want to keep their man.

But the Blues are preparing to test their resolve with another move, which if completed could see Daniel Sturridge leave Chelsea, according to The Telegraph.

On the shopping list: Schurrle is wanted by European champions Chelsea

On the shopping list: Schurrle is wanted by European champions Chelsea

Chelsea have already pulled off another transfer coup by clinching the signature of 25m Brazilian wonderkid Oscar, who can play as a forward, from under the noses of Tottenham.

The arrivals of Oscar and Schurrle would add to those of Eden Hazard and Marko Marin and put Sturridge's place under threat.

The England striker is recovering after contracting viral meningitis – typically considered a mild strain of the disease.

Uncertain future: Daniel Sturridge could find his place under threat

Uncertain future: Daniel Sturridge could find his place under threat

Schurrle joined Leverkusen from Mainz last year and has since established himself as one of the most exciting young talents in the Bundesliga.

He has won 16 caps for Germany and was a member of their Euro 2012 squad where he made two substitute appearance in the victories over Denmark and Greece.

VIDEO: Here's why Chelsea want to splash out on Schurrle

London 2012 Olympics: Daniel Sturridge faces fitness test for Team GB

Sturridge faces late Team GB fitness test as striker recovers from viral meningitis

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UPDATED:

14:26 GMT, 8 July 2012

Daniel Sturridge will be assessed early next week to see whether he is able to represent Team GB at London 2012, manager Stuart Pearce has revealed today.

The 22-year-old Chelsea forward fell ill last weekend with viral meningitis – what is typically considered a mild strain of the disease.

In or out Daniel Sturridge will be assessed to see if he is fit for Team GB

In or out Daniel Sturridge will be assessed to see if he is fit for Team GB

Earlier this week Sturridge revealed he is confident of recovering in time for the Games, although Pearce will not be taking him on next week's pre-Games camp in Spain.

'Doctors had a look at him last week, visited him and basically he will stay here,” Pearce said.

Test: Sturridge is recovering from viral meningitis

Test: Sturridge is recovering from viral meningitis

'He won't come to Spain when we do our prep there and all being well we'll pick him up when we fly back into the Olympic Village Monday week. We will assess him at that time.

'The good thing is we probably have a couple of weeks to make a decision on his fitness.

'If he is fully fit, he will stay with us. If we think there are any doubts in any shape or form, we'll call someone else to replace him. July 25 is that latest we can make that decision.

'We still have a few weeks in respect to that, but the important thing is probably once we get him on the training pitch to look at him and see how he is and how much this illness has affected him.'

Sturridge was absent from Team GB's Preparation Camp at Loughborough University today, where the squad undertake their first training session together.

Potential team-mates: Ryan Giggs made the squad

Potential team-mates: Micah Richards made the squad

Potential team-mates: Ryan Giggs (left) and Micah Richards (right) made the cut

The team's first match comes when they play Brazil in a warm-up at Middlesbrough on July 20 – a game Pearce knows will show how good his side can truly be.

'Brazil is probably the ultimate acid test,' he said.

'I think Brazil and Spain will be the two favourites for this competition.

'Looking through the Brazil squad, you can see the magnitude of the players and how seriously they take the Olympics, as all 16 teams fighting to try and achieve gold will certainly be.

'It will be a fantastic friendly for us and it will lead us nicely into the tournament and I think it will showcase to everybody in the tournament the standard of football in it.'

Chelsea face losing Juan Mata until September due to London Olympics

Chelsea forced to face life without Mata until September due to Olympics

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UPDATED:

21:01 GMT, 4 July 2012

Chelsea are facing up to being without Juan Mata until September as they look to give the Spaniard a break after his marathon season.

After playing 54 games for the Blues, the attacking midfielder was part of Spain's Euro 2012 winning squad and is also part of his homeland's Olympic party.

All Chelsea players who were involved in the European Championships have been given 21 days holiday from when their countries exited the tournament.

Long season: Juan Mata (left) celebrated Euro 2012 success with Spain

Long season: Juan Mata (left) celebrated Euro 2012 success with Spain

And given Mata will also play a part in London 2012, Chelsea will be without their influential forward for the start of the season.

Manager Roberto Di Matteo confirmed: 'We will have to see with Mata, because he was at the European Championships as well.

'How long we give him off depends when then go out of the Olympics and how he feels physically and mentally.

'It is not ideal, but there will be many clubs in the same situation as us.'

Meanwhile, Daniel Sturridge has confirmed he still harbours hopes of appearing in London 2012 despite being diagnosed with viral meningitis.

Get well soon: Daniel Sturridge has contracted viral meningitis

Get well soon: Daniel Sturridge has contracted viral meningitis

Sportsmail revealed how despite contracting the illness, the Chelsea striker had not given up hope of playing for Team GB this summer.

‘The Chelsea medical team have been closely monitoring everything and they and the doctors and nurses at St Mary’s Hospital have been outstanding throughout,’ said Sturridge.

‘Thankfully, I am starting to feel a lot better and I am optimistic about being able to make the Olympics.’ Sturridge remains in St Mary’s and is unlikely to be able to report for Team GB duty this weekend.

Daniel Sturridge contracts meningitis

Olympics blow for Sturridge as Chelsea striker contracts meningitis

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UPDATED:

17:11 GMT, 3 July 2012

Daniel Sturridge is a major doubt for Team GB's attempts at Olympic glory after a worrying meningitis scare.

Sportsmail understands the Chelsea striker has shown symptoms of carrying the potentially fatal illness in the last few days.

Sturridge is undergoing a series of tests to establish just how serious the suspected bout of meningitis is.

Laid low: Daniel Sturridge has meningitis

Laid low: Daniel Sturridge has meningitis

But it is understood early indications are that Sturridge has contracted a less serious case of the ailment, which the forward has been encouraged by.

Stuart Pearce's side are due to meet up this weekend ahead of their gold medal push and whether Sturridge is available remains to be seen.

However, the striker himself has not given up hope of being involved in the Games, with Pearce due to leave it as late as possible before he make a decision.