Raheem Sterling is set to return to the Manchester City team as the club prepare to face Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie tonight.
The England international has not featured since suffering a hamstring injury during the defeat to Tottenham earlier this month, though is set to return to the side as they prepare to face the Spanish giants at the Bernabeu this evening.
Sterling’s return will be a welcome boost for City as they bid to reach the quarter-finals for a third successive season, the 25-year-old having scored 20 goals in all competitions this season including five in the Champions League.
The Premier League champions face a formidable task as they prepare to face the 13-time winners in the Spanish capital, though Guardiola has announced his side’s prospects will be boosted by the return from injury of Sterling following the winger’s ‘amazing regeneration’.
“Raheem is fit,” Guardiola said at his pre-match press conference. “His naturally physical condition, the regeneration, is amazing
“He told us he could play against West Ham and Leicester but the doctors said be careful. It’s a good sign.
“He is fit and ready.”