Chelsea striker, Daniel Sturridge, who has recently made a remarkable recovery from Meningitis, has revealed how close he came to missing the Olympics due to the illness, and has thanked the Chelsea medical team for their quick thinking.

“I thought that all my hopes and dreams of taking part in the Olympics were over,” Sturridge said. “It is a really difficult thing to get through and, without the help of the Chelsea doctor, my family, and my girlfriend, it would have been even more difficult – I would not wish what I have had on my worst enemy,” the 22-year old said.

Sturridge, who enjoyed a successful season at Chelsea in 2011-12, scoring 13 goals in 41 appearances, was thankful to the club’s doctor, who spotted the signs of Meningitis immediately.

“I was fortunate enough to have a doctor who saw the warning signs straight away, and got me off to a hospital bed immediately,” Sturridge said.  “I am not going to say I would have died, but I don’t think I would have recovered as quickly as I have done, and been here today,” he added.

Sturridge, who made his debut for England against Sweden, in November, but missed selection for Euro 2012, also made it clear how close he came to missing the Olympic tournament.

“I was quarantined for five days, and if I hadn’t taken any antibiotics in the hospital, I wouldn’t have had a chance of taking part in the Olympics,” he said.

Great Britain face Senegal in their opening Group A game on Thursday, and, with Sturridge fit, healthy, and available for selection, they are certainly in with a fighting chance of picking up a medal.

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