While Manchester City has been able to make do without star forward Raheem Sterling on the pitch due to a hamstring injury, manager Pep Guardiola announced on Wednesday his standout player will be suited up and ready to go against Real Madrid in the Champions League Round of 16 showdown.
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We don't need to tell you how big this is for City. Sterling went down three weeks ago with his hamstring injury, but has made a tremendous recovery. He tried playing against West Ham United and Leicester City, but was held out.
Giving him extra time to rest and get himself back close to 100% proved to be the right decision, as Manchester City won both those matches. Now, Sterling is fit and will look to find the back of the net against a dangerous Real Madrid lineup.
While Sergio Ramos will try and slow down Sterling -- good luck with that. The Englishman has 11 league goals this year. Even more impressive, he has scored five times in six Champions League meetings. Come Wednesday night, he'll be looking to add to his tally.
All eyes will be on the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium with City and Madrid set for the huge showdown. Only time will tell if Sterling and Co. will be able to leave with a positive result before returning to the Etihad Stadium on March 17 for the second leg.