Update on Hamstring Injury to Manchester City Winger Raheem Sterling

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You can now add Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling to the list of England players who have missed/will miss significant time in 2020 due to injury. Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane is out for perhaps the rest of the Premier League season, or close to it.

Manchester United centre forward Marcus Rashford is out until mid March or perhaps mid April, and as we learned today Sterling is out for “weeks.” Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate has heard plenty of bad news for his side thus far this year.

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City manager Pep Guardiola, who has also seen Leroy Sane, Sergio Aguero and Aymeric Laporte miss significant time this season, gave his pre-match press conference ahead of the Citizens’ home league fixture against West Ham United on Sunday.

“It’s a hamstring injury, we will see,” he said. “It takes weeks, but I don’t know [his status] right now.”

“It’s a problem being without him, but we were without Gundo in the first season and Laporte this season, it is what it is.”

It was put to Pep the idea of Sane coming back sooner with Sterling out of commission for awhile, but the Spaniard rejected this idea. The City manager said Sane is coming back strong, but is still a ways away from being available for selection.

“He’s started to train with us, he needs to recover the tempo and confidence, don’t think about the injury,” Guardiola continued. “It’s not like an ankle or a muscular injury, it needs time. He’s training with the main group, he needs weeks.”

West Ham United at Manchester City FYIs

February 9, 4:30 pm, City of Manchester Stadium

Team news for both sides: go to this link

Starting XI Predictions for both sides: go to this link

TV: Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event

Google Result Probabilities: West Ham United win 4%  Draw 9%  Manchester City win 87%

Odds via Sports Bet: West Ham United win 21/1  Draw 11/1  Manchester City win 1.08/1

Form Guide: West Ham United DLLDL    Manchester City LWDWW

Prediction: Manchester City 3, West Ham United 0

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  1. Westham will see another heavy defeat of the season again when they play man city on this sunday. City this season has struggled with the defence so will hope to put fire on westham united.

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