Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling will be able to face Real Madrid in the last 16 first leg of the Champions League at the Bernabéu on Wednesday after recovering from a hamstring injury.

Sterling has been out of action since early February as a result of an injury suffered in the defeat against Tottenham before the City’s winter break, and he has missed the club’s last two games against West Ham and Leicester.

Raheem Sterling

After the Leicester game over the weekend, manager Pep Guardiola described Sterling as “much, much, much better” and added: “I think he will be ready (for Real).”

Sterling, who has fought for goals since the beginning of the calendar year despite scoring 20 times in the first half of the season, was suspended when former Liverpool club played against Real at the Bernabéu in 2014 when manager Brendan Rodgers unexpectedly named to a weakened team.

Steven Gerrard and Philippe Coutinho also started that game on the bench, although the three players arrived on the field in the second half with Real only winning 1-0.

Sterling was asked about the possibility of joining Real in the near future when he spoke with the Spanish publication AS earlier this month, following UEFA’s ban on the City.

The 25-year-old, who will be close to his 28th birthday when the ban expires (if confirmed after the City’s appeal) emphasized his current commitment to the City and the need to respect his contract, but also praised Los Blancos and coach Zinedine Zidane.

“I am very happy (in the city). But I say that Real Madrid is a fantastic club: when you see the white shirt you know exactly what the club represents, it is huge,” he said. HOW .At the same time, I have a contract with City now and I have to respect it. But it’s a fantastic club. “

“I don’t think it’s luck, it’s definitely a formula. Some people have that winning mentality and he wins by any means“Said Zidane.

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