Pep Guardiola provides injury update on Manchester City's Raheem Sterling

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Alarms went off recently for Manchester City, as a 2-0 defeat to Tottenham was made even worse when Raheem Sterling was forced off the pitch early due to a hamstring injury. 

 

Immediately, fans became concerned with his health moving forward, as the defending English Premier League champions have big EPL and Champions League games coming up. 

 

On Friday, manager Pep Guardiola told the press Sterling will be out for weeks, but it could end up being longer than that. 

Obviously, this is a major blow for City, as Sterling is one of the top offensive threats for his club. This season, he's found the net 11 times in 23 games. 

 

His injury comes during a tough time for MC, as they have a league game against West Ham on Feb. 9, but also have their focus on a trip to Spain to take on Real Madrid for a Champions League showdown on Feb. 26.

 

Playing at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium will be tough enough, but to do so without Sterling would really complicate things for Guardiola. Hamstring injuries indeed are tricky, so the team and its medical staff will want to be extra careful with Sterling. 

 

For now, it's all up in the air if he'll be fit for that first leg against Madrid. The hope, though, is that he'll be able to get himself healthy in time for the crucial match.