Hate figure: Raheem Sterling was villified by Liverpool fans for manner of his Anfield exit

By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

Raheem Sterling could be sidelined for up to two months amid fears his injury is more serious than initially thought, Football Insider sources understand.

The Manchester City winger had a scan on his groin injury on Tuesday and he has been told he could be out for around eight weeks.

This would not only rule him out for rest of the domestic season, including both legs of City’s Champions League quarter-final against Paris Saint-Germain, but puts his participation in Euro 2016 in doubt.

Sterling suffered the groin strain in the first half of City’s 1-0 Premier League defeat to bitter rivals Manchester United on Sunday.

He was immediately withdrawn from the England squad to face Germany on Saturday and Holland next Tuesday, along with team-mate Joe Hart.
Speaking on Sunday, City manager Manuel Pellegrini said: “Both of them have muscle injuries – Raheem in his groin; Joe in his calf.
“I don’t think muscle injuries can heal in one week. They normally need three or four weeks.”
Sterling is a key part of boss Roy Hodgson’s plans for the tournament in France but has been told not to rush back into action.

Although England do not play their opening game until they face Russia on 11 June, Hodgson wants him to take part in the warm-up matches.

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