Thorpe released from hospital

Australian swimming legend Ian Thorpe has been released from a Sydney hospital after battling a 'serious infection'.

The five-time Olympic champion, 31, retired following the 2004 Athens Games before making an unsuccessful comeback bid for London Olympics.

Initial reports suggest that Thorpe had contracted the infection during shoulder surgery and was fighting to save the use of his left arm - but his manager James Erskine has issued a positive bulletin on his progress.

Erskine said: "It looks as though the infections have cleared up. It can always re-infect as it's done twice before but we are hopeful."

Thorpe was admitted to hospital earlier this year to treat depression, but Erskine suggested it was unlikely he would return to a rehab clinic.