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The Chelsea striker was diagnosed with the illness two weeks ago but has been offered the opportunity to prove his fitness by manager Stuart Pearce, who fielded him against Brazil

Daniel Sturridge has thanked Stuart Pearce for his patience and allowing him the chance to play for Team GB after he completed 45 minutes in their 2-0 defeat to Brazil at Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium.

Sturridge was struck down by viral meningitis a fortnight ago and, at the time, his place at London 2012 looked in grave doubt.

However, Pearce has offered the 22-year-old an opportunity to regain his fitness and stake a claim for a place in the team and the Chelsea man is grateful for the faith shown in him.
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He told reporters: "I'm very happy. It's been a long road for me to get back and I've had to go through a lot of stuff over these last couple of weeks.

"Thanks to the manager for being patient and waiting for me to get fit and thanks to the Chelsea doctor for being there for me when I was going through everything.

"It's been difficult because for two weeks I wasn't doing anything, so to get 45 minutes under my belt was crucial and I'm happy."

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