Sturridge facing fitness test

Forward will be given every chance to make Team GB squad

Last Updated: July 8, 2012 3:33pm
Daniel Sturridge: Hoping to shake off an illness in time to figure at the 2012 Olympics
Daniel Sturridge: Hoping to shake off an illness in time to figure at the 2012 Olympics

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Daniel Sturridge is to undergo a fitness test next week to determine whether he will be able to play any part in Team GB's quest for Olympic gold.
The Chelsea forward has been included in Stuart Pearce's 18-man squad, but fell ill last weekend with viral meningitis.
The 22-year-old is confident he will be ready for duty, with there still time for him to make a full recovery.
Pearce is in no position to rule Sturridge in or out at this stage, but hopes he will be able to do just that once the youngster has been checked over by medical staff.
"Doctors had a look at him last week, visited him and basically he will stay here," said Pearce.


"He won't come to Spain (for a pre-Olympic training camp) when we do our prep there and all being well we'll pick him up when we fly back into the Olympic Village on 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 the 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."

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