Roberto Di Matteo has confirmed that Daniel Sturridge is suffering with viral meningitis, although the Blues manager said that he was improving and remains hopeful of being able to compete for Team GB at the London Olympics.
The health and wellbeing of the young attacker was uppermost in the Italian’s thoughts as he looked ahead to the new season, and he insisted that the club are offering all the support possible.
‘He has viral meningitis,’ said Di Matteo. ‘I spoke to him and he feels better, we are going to progress his situation and hopefully he gets well as soon as possible and he will be able to join Olympic team.
‘It’s a question of daily monitoring his health, that’s what matters most to everybody, his family and ourselves.
‘He is receiving all of the support available to us, we’ve had a doctor with him from day one and we are receiving updates almost on an hourly basis with regards to his situation. He started feeling unwell over the weekend and was taken into hospital.’
The player has confirmed his hopes of joining up with 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 .’