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Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge has had tests for suspected meningitis.

The 22-year-old has been selected in Stuart Pearce's Great Britain Olympic football squad, but was taken ill over the weekend and had tests at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington.

It is not yet known how serious the illness is, but Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo will reveal more details at a scheduled news conference on Wednesday.

Team GB is due to play its first game at the Olympics on 26 July.

The development could mean Pearce might have to call up another striker in Sturridge's place and presents a potential selection dilemma after the coach was criticised for leaving out LA Galaxy and England midfielder David Beckham.

The Team GB squad is set to meet at a holding camp in Loughborough next weekend, and Football Association medical staff will assess the results of tests before deciding if Sturridge can still play a part.

Pearce has until July 25 to select a replacement should Sturridge be forced to withdraw, with those on the stand-by list believed to include Huddersfield striker Jordan Rhodes.

Team GB face Senegal in their opening match, before facing United Arab Emirates on 29 July and Uruguay on 1 August.

Sturridge was left out of England's Euro 2012 squad despite impressing in the friendly against the Netherlands when Pearce was in temporary charge.

He scored 13 goals for Chelsea in 43 appearances last season.


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Update this morn - although test results won't be back until Friday, he is not thought to be suffering from the more serious bacterial meningitis and is said to be doing well.

I'm sure his family won't be too fussed about him maybe giving up his place in the squad at this moment, it's not important is it?

Hope he makes a full recovery.

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