9 Apr 2014

Thorpedo in intensive care

9:28 am on 9 April 2014

More problems for the Australian swimming great Ian Thorpe, who's in intensive care in a Sydney hospital receiving treatment for an infection that could result in him losing the use of his left arm.

The five-times Olympic champion reportedly contracted the bug after surgery at a hospital in Switzerland, where he now lives.

In February, Thorpe's manager James Erskine said the 31-year-old was suffering from depression after being found disorientated and behaving oddly near a vehicle in Australia, after taking a mixture of anti-depressants and painkillers for a shoulder injury.