Arsenal blow as reliable journalist delivers fitness update on 22-year-old ahead of Man City clash
By Will Butcher
Man City have received a huge injury boost as Raheem Sterling is set to face Arsenal on Sunday despite suffering a knock with England, according to a reliable journalist.
Sterling, 22, was withdrawn by England manager Gareth Southgate during Sunday’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Lithuania after complaining of a back problem.
However, Sky Sports and ESPN injury analyst Ben Dinnery revealed on his personal Twitter account that Sterling “is expected to be available” for City’s trip to the Emirates Stadium.
Sterling is expected to be available for the trip to Arsenal after he was withdrawn vs Lithuania due to a 'minor' back problem. #MCFC
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) March 28, 2017
The news will come as a huge boost to City boss Pep Guardiola, who will be desperate to field his strongest available side to gain three points against top-four rivals Arsenal.
The former Liverpool speed machine is likely to go up against Nacho Monreal in a key battle that Arsenal must be wary of, with the Spaniard a lot slower than England star Sterling.
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Arsenal come into the match in dismal form, losing six of their last nine league and cup encounters with victories coming against non-league Sutton and Lincoln as well as Hull.
Under-fire boss Arsene Wenger must rejuvenate his players if they are to stand a chance against City, who earned a point against Liverpool prior to the international break.
A win for the Gunners would see them climb back up to fifth place, if Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United fail to beat West Brom at Old Trafford.
However, the north London giants go into the game without goalkeeper Petr Cech, after the Mirror reported that the veteran goalkeeper would be sidelined for a month with a calf injury.
In other Arsenal news, the Gunners have identified a possible Mesut Ozil replacement for just £13million.