Di Matteo positive over Sturridge
Chelsea boss confident striker can recover to play in Olympics
By Tom Mallows. Last Updated: July 4, 2012 3:57pm
Sturridge on the mend
Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo is confident striker Daniel Sturridge can make Team GB's Olympic squad despite being treated for viral meningitis.
The former Manchester City youngster was taken ill over the weekend and remains in hospital.
The 22-year-old was named in Stuart Pearce's Team GB Olympic squad on Monday, though his participation is now in serious doubt.
Di Matteo revealed that the Chelsea medical team are constantly updating him with the striker's condition and he is optimistic he can recover in time to take part in London 2012.
"Daniel [Sturridge] has viral meningitis. I spoke to him and he feels better now. Hopefully he gets well as soon as possible and can join the Olympic squad," said the Italian.
"He felt unwell over the weekend and was taken to hospital afterwards.
"It's a question now of monitoring his health. That's what most matters to everybody. We have our club doctor with him and are updated on an almost hourly basis.
""We'll see where he is and make a decision with the doctors. The fact he's feeling better is very positive and I'm optimistic he will recover and be able to join the squad."
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"We'll see where he is and make a decision with the doctors. The fact he's feeling better is very positive and I'm optimistic he will recover and be able to join the squad."
In a statement, Sturridge confirmed that he was feeling much better and was hopeful of taking his place in the Olympic squad.
"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 .
"I am fortunate to have received many wishes of support and I want to thank everybody who has sent messages, it is much appreciated ."