Having established himself as one of England’s most promising young strikers over the past couple of years, there are now huge concerns over Daniel Sturridge after it was revealed that the 22-year-old has been tested for meningitis.
The former Manchester City striker was reportedly taken ill at the weekend and admitted to St Mary’s hospital. It is now understood that he has been tested for meningitis, although doctors are hopeful that he is suffering from the viral strain of the infection, which is not as severe as other types.
The news will come as a huge blow to Sturridge, who has been named in the 18-man Team GB squad earlier this week. However, it now remains to be seen whether or not he will be able to partake in the Olympics, with Great Britain’s first game occurring on the 26th July.
The involvement in the GB squad will certainly have been a huge positive in an otherwise frustrating campaign for Sturridge. After making a huge impact for Bolton while on loan at the Reebok Arena in the 2010/11 season, there were hopes that he could take such form to Stamford Bridge. However, while he did manage thirteen goals for the Blues, he was not a regular starter and this lack of consistency meant that he was not selected in the Euro 2012 England squad.
In fact, there have been reports that Sturridge is a target for other top flight sides. Recent newspaper speculation has linked him with a move to Liverpool, while other clubs are sure to take interest should the Blues make him available. For now, the priority is for the striker to regain his fitness and try and keep his place in the Olympics squad. Should he not manage to do this, Stuart Pearce has until the 25th July to call up a replacement.