The talented forward was named in Stuart Pearce’s contingent for the London Games, but is being treated for what is thought to be viral meningitis.
With Sturridge’s place in the tournament thought to be in doubt as he is being treated by Football Association doctors, the attacker has revealed that he is optimistic about being included in the competition.
“Thankfully, I am starting to feel a lot better and I am optimistic about being able to make the Olympics,” The Telegraph quote him as saying.
Roberto Di Matteo is eager for the forward to be included in the summer’s tournament, but will only release him if he is fit and able to compete.
“The most important aspect is his health. Once he is 100 per cent healthy, we will be coordinating with Stuart Pearce to see when he can join the Olympic team.
“It’s difficult to give a time limit and we will have to monitor it on a daily basis but the fact that he is feeling better is very positive and I am optimistic he will recover. I spoke to him and he feels better.
“It is a great opportunity for the players to be involved in the Olympic team. As a manager, you would like to have them with you in pre-season but it is the Olympic Games and players will want to be involved,” the Chelsea boss concluded.
By Gareth McKnight