â€œHeâ€™s fine, heâ€™s a battler,â€ James Erskine told Channel 9â€™s Today programme.
â€œHeâ€™s in good spirits, you know, heâ€™s got drips in, heâ€™s got antibiotics and all that sort of thing so heâ€™s not exactly going to swim in the Commonwealth Games tomorrow.â€
Erskine said he was not sure how long Thorpe, who attended the wedding of Britainâ€™s Prince William in 2011 and might have been expected to catch up with the royal on the upcoming tour of Australia, would remain in hospital.
â€œAs of yesterday heâ€™s not in intensive care. Heâ€™s a sick boy, heâ€™s not going to get out and have a cup of coffee and go and meet Prince William,â€ he said of the 31-year-old.listen to ‘Ian Thorpeâ€™s manager: swimmer faces another op on "serious" shoulder injury ’ on Audioboo
â€œAt the end of the day heâ€™s fighting it, heâ€™s got an infection and like any of these infections you get in hospitals, they have to take it seriously.â€
As for Tuesdayâ€™s reports that the infection could leave Thorpe without the use of his left arm, Erskine was dismissive.
â€œI think thatâ€™s all poetic licence,â€ he said.
â€œYou could say whatâ€™s the worst case scenario, I mean, people have died from these infections. But thatâ€™s just people making it up, thatâ€™s just nonsense.â€
Thorpe â€˜in good spiritsâ€™ as he fights infection: Manager