Having limped off against local rivals United last weekend, the medical diagnosis regarding Sterling’s groin injury is worse than first feared – the talented winger could miss the rest of the current campaign.
Sterling sidelined for up to two months
Following a groin injury sustained in last weekend’s 1-0 home defeat at the hands of local rivals Manchester United, it has been confirmed that Raheem Sterling‘s groin issue is worse than first feared. The talented 21-year-old winger, who has scored 11, assisted 10 and created 49 clear-cut chances in both the Premier League and Champions League competitions this term, could be sidelined for the remainder of the current campaign.
This news comes as another blow to the Citizens’, following first-choice goalkeeper Joe Hart‘s calf injury – also sustained in their Manchester Derby loss against Louis van Gaal‘s men at the Ethiad.
Big blow for club, country set to monitor Raheem’s progress
If he manages to recover within the six-to-eight week timeframe, he’ll feature in the final two league fixtures of the campaign as well as the Champions League final – provided the sky Blues get there. With the likes of Samir Nasri, Kevin de Bruyne (recovery stage) and Fabian Delph all still sidelined, City’s midfield options continue to be stretched as the league season draws to an eventual close. This could see a push for talented Nigerian youngster Kelechi Iheanacho to feature more often with regular first-team football in-behind Sergio Agüero or Wilfried Bony as part of a 4231 formation for example, whilst Jesús Navas is expected to keep his place on the opposite flank – providing he remains fit.
With the Euro 2016 tournament set to start during the second week of June, England’s senior officials will be hoping that City don’t force Sterling to feature, and instead let him recover in his own time. Of course, Raheem will want to recover quickly to help his club side but, innocuous injuries have a higher chance of aggravation – in the hamstring or groin areas for example.
If he proves he’s fit and raring to play, he should be selected in Roy Hodgson‘s 23-man squad for the tournament, to be held in France.