Team GB's Daniel Sturridge confirmed having meningitis

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Striker Daniel Sturridge is being treated after tests confirmed he has viral meningitis, says his Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo.

A week ago Sturridge was named in Stuart Pearce's Great Britain Olympic football squad.

But he was taken ill over the weekend and had tests at a hospital in London.

Di Matteo said he expects Sturridge to recover in time for Team GB's first football match of the Olympics.

What is meningitis?

Meningitis is a disease which can make people very ill.

It's an infection affects the brain and spine.

There are two types - bacterial, which is severe, and viral which is less serious.

One of the most common signs is a rash of tiny red or brown marks on the skin which can change colour.

There's a test to see if it may be to do with meningitis or not - press a glass against the rash.

If the marks do not fade then this may be a rash from a form of meningitis.

As well as a rash, some of the other things you can feel with meningitis are:

  • The worst headache you've ever had
  • Being sick
  • Fever
  • Stiff Neck
  • Confusion
  • A dislike of bright lights

The risk of getting meningitis is very low. If you are feeling unwell, it's important to always tell your parents.