Team GB striker Daniel Sturridge has thanked the Chelsea medical team for helping save his Olympic dream.
The 22-year-old came close to
pulling out of the squad for the London Games
after being hit by meningitis three weeks ago.
But Sturridge has made a remarkable recovery, playing 45 minutes in
Team GB's friendly against Brazil on Friday.
"I thought that all my hopes and dreams of taking part in the Olympics were over," he 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”
"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."
Sturridge made 45 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions last season, scoring 13 goals in a campaign which saw Roberto Di Matteo's side finish sixth in the Premier League, while winning the
The Blues frontman, who hopes to be part of Britain's first Olympic football campaign since 1960, refused to describe his condition as life-threatening, but felt extremely lucky to have had the medical attention he received.
"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 added.
"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.
"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."
After coming through Team GB's 2-0 friendly defeat in Middlesbrough unscathed, Sturridge could start for Stuart Pearce's side when
GB launch their campaign
against Senegal at Old Trafford on Thursday.