Manchester City have confirmed that Raheem Sterling has sustained a hamstring injury which has ruled him out of the forthcoming Premier League clash against West Ham United. The England international sustained the problem during the shock 2-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur and it now appears that he could be sidelined for around two to three weeks.
“Raheem Sterling will miss our game against West Ham this weekend after scans revealed he has suffered damage to his left hamstring. Everyone at City wishes @sterling7 a full and speedy recovery,” the Premier League holders tweeted ahead of the weekend’s top-flight game against the Hammers.
The Citizens have struggled to find the consistency displayed during the previous game and they have already succumbed to six defeats which is two more than the entirety of the 2018/19 season. As a result, they have dropped 22 points adrift of runaway leaders Liverpool and it would take a mega collapse from the Merseyside outfit for them to hold any chance of winning a third-straight Premier League crown.
Meanwhile, the Citizens could welcome Aymeric Laporte back at the heart of the defence to face the Hammers. The Frenchman made his injury comeback during the 1-0 league triumph over Sheffield United but he has since missed three games on the bounce. It was reported that he may have suffered a relapse of the knee ligament injury from the start of the season but Guardiola has dismissed the suggestions by citing the defender has been out of action due to fatigue.
The Mancunian giants have dominated the proceedings against the Hammers and they have won each of the previous eight meetings across all competitions. Out of those, they have scored four or more goals on five occasions with Aguero among the standout performers. The Citizens picked up a comfortable 5-0 triumph during the reverse fixture at the London Stadium in August.