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Raheem Sterling set to return from injury against Leicester City

Thank goodness!

Burnley v Manchester City - Premier League Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Raheem Sterling is very likely to return from injury and feature in the starting XI for Manchester City against defending Premier League champions Leicester City on Saturday.

Sterling injured his knee in the match against Burnley two Saturdays ago, and although he said Sterling would be ready against Chelsea, Pep Guardiola has claimed the English winger should be fit to play ahead of the match at King Power Stadium.

“He’s much better,” said Guardiola after the 1-1 Champions League draw against Celtic. “He was not ready [for Celtic]. Hopefully he will be ready for Leicester.”

Sterling is much needed to bolster the attack, as Sergio Agüero will begin serving his domestic four-match ban for a violent tackle on David Luiz. No one is certain who will play around him, though, as Leroy Sané and Nolito are competing for another winger spot.

The central attack will consist of Kelechi Iheanacho, Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva, as the three have shown their elite attacking ability this season in domestic and European competitions. Many doubts had surrounded Iheanacho’s ability to fill in for Sergio as he serves his suspension, but the Nigerian striker silenced skeptics with a superb finish in City’s draw with Celtic.

Nontheless, Sterling should add more fire power to a City offense that may rely on creative wingplay to bring up the attack in Leicester and get revenge from the 3-1 defeat at the Etihad last season, which ended City's title hopes.