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Chelsea’s Sturridge Has Meningitis, Still Hopeful for Olympics

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July 4 (Bloomberg) -- Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge is in the hospital with viral meningitis but remains hopeful he can play for Britain in the London Olympics.

Sturridge, 22, fell ill over the weekend and was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in London, according to Blues manager Roberto Di Matteo.

“I spoke to him and he feels better,” Di Matteo said on the club’s website. “We are going to follow his situation and hopefully he gets well as soon as possible and will be able to join the Olympic team.”

Sturridge, who scored 11 goals for the Blues last season, was included in manager Stuart Pearce’s 18-man Olympic squad two days ago.

“Thankfully I am starting to feel a lot better and I am optimistic about being able to make the Olympics,” Sturridge said on Chelsea’s website.

Britain plays it first Olympic match July 26 against Senegal at Old Trafford in Manchester.

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