Guardiola admits Sterling in race to be fit for Real Madrid UCL tie
Raheem Sterling's hamstring injury could mean he misses Manchester City's Champions League trip to Spain to face Real Madrid.
England international Sterling suffered a hamstring injury in the Premier League defeat at Tottenham on Sunday and will miss this weekend's home match against West Ham.
City have not specified the severity of the damage Sterling has sustained, and Guardiola did not offer any guarantee that the 25-year-old will be ready to return to action before the end of February.
After the West Ham game, City have a short in-season break, with their next match coming against Leicester City on February 22, followed four days later by a clash with 13-time European champions Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.
To lose a potential match-winner such as Sterling would be a major blow to City's hopes of beating the LaLiga leaders.
Asked about Sterling's situation, Guardiola told a news conference: "Of course it takes weeks, but we will see before Leicester, Madrid and the rest of the games. I don't know right now.
PEP @sterling7 has a hamstring injury and we will see. Of course it takes weeks, but we will see for Madrid. I don't know.— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 7, 2020
It’s a problem. It was a problem with Gundo six months in the first year, and this year Laporte. It is what it is. We will see.
"It is a problem. [Injuries are] always a problem, but it is what it is."
Guardiola said such injury absences are unfortunate - "especially for the players".
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