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Sturridge a doubt for Olympics with suspected meningitis - report

Sturridge a doubt for Olympics with suspected meningitis - report

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The Chelsea striker is unlikely to be available for Stuart Pearce's Team GB squad ahead of London 2012 after reportedly contracting a serious illness

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Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge is a major doubt for Team GB ahead of this summer’s Olympic Games after contracting suspected meningitis, according to various reports. 

After missing out on Roy Hodgson’s England squad for Euro 2012 the forward was expected to play a major part for the host nation at London 2012, but is certain to be ruled out if meningitis is the confirmed diagnosis.
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The news represents a huge blow for manager Stuart Pearce, who has already been denied the services of regular Premier League performers Gareth Bale and Kyle Walker as a result of back and toe injuries respectively.

The 22-year old’s potential exclusion leaves Wales international Craig Bellamy and Bolton forward Marvin Sordell as the only recognised strikers in the 18-man squad and Pearce may be forced to raid his standby list for replacements.

Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace and Scotland international Jordan Rhodes are thought to be on the list after both missing out on the initial squad despite enjoying productive seasons at club level.

David Beckham’s omission has been the major talking point since the squad was announced on Thursday but Sturridge's withdrawal will not free up one of three over-age slots, meaning the LA Galaxy midfielder is still unlikely to feature.

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