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Raheem Returns: City Set for Boost in Spurs Blockbuster

Raheem Returns: City Set for Boost in Spurs Blockbuster Photo: TT
Manchester City's English midfielder Raheem Sterling chases the ball during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Liverpool

Manchester City are set to be boosted by the availability of star forward Raheem Sterling after he trained on Friday following a knock on England duty.

Second-placed Tottenham play host to last season’s runners-up Manchester City on Saturday, with Pep Guardiola’s side needing three points to stay in touch with the early leaders.

The Sky Blues have a few injury concerns, led by Sterling who missed England’s past two UEFA Nations League games with a “small injury” believed to be his calf, while Sergio Aguero has a thigh concern.

“Sergio trained this week. Raheem trained for the first time today with the team,” Guardiola revealed at Friday’s press conference.

However, the news isn’t so good for Nathan Ake who sustained a hamstring injury on Netherlands duty, along with Brazilian utility Fernandinho who has had a stomach bug.

“Except for Nathan and Fernandinho, the rest have started to come back,” Guardiola said.

“Fernandinho is not fit. He has a bit of gastroenteritis, something in his stomach.”

Meanwhile, one of the big talking points this week has been City’s links with Lionel Messi, which only amplified after ex-Barca boss Guardiola signed a new deal at the Etihad.

“Lionel Messi is a Barcelona player,” Guardiola said. “I have a huge gratitude for what Barcelona did for me as a player in the academy and as a manager. I have said many times that I would like Leo to finish his career there.

“I dont know what is in his mind. We have only incredible targets in our mind. I can’t say anything else about the rest.”

As for Spurs, manager Jose Mourinho confirmed Harry Winks and Erik Lamela will likely miss with injury, while Steven Bergwijn had regained fitness over the international break and was available.

The Portuguese was full of praise for City, who are currently down in 10th, albeit with a game in hand.

“I see a team that wants to win every title, wants to win every game, year after year after year,” he said.

“Amazing coach, amazing players, incredible investment. Their objectives never change. They are a top, top team.”

Ben somerford
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