Pep Guardiola provides update on Raheem Sterling ahead of Man City’s Champions League showdown with Real M

Manchester City have received a huge boost ahead of their Champions League clash with Real Madrid as Raheem Sterling has been ruled fit to play.

The England winger has been missing for City since the beginning of the month with a hamstring injury and his return comes at a crucial time for Pep Guardiola’s side, who face a season-defining week.

City welcome back Sterling ahead of a huge week

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City welcome back Sterling ahead of a huge week

They travel to the Bernabeu on Wednesday to face Madrid, before defending their Carabao Cup crown against Aston Villa at Wembley on Sunday.

Guardiola said: “Raheem is fit. His physical condition and regeneration is amazing. He said he could have played against West Ham and Leicester but the doctor said it was too soon. But that was a good sign.”

The meeting with Madrid is City’s first Champions League game since they were handed a two-year ban from European football by UEFA for breaking Financial Fair Play regulations.

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The Premier League champions are appealing against the sanction and Guardiola does not believe this season will be the last chance for the current side to win the Champions League.

“No way,” he said. “These players will have many chances to win. We know the challenge…but it’s not the last one.”

On the ban, Guardiola added: “We were under suspicion for a long time but we have the right to appeal. I trust the people in the club. They showed me the arguments and we are optimistic. If it doesn’t happen we have to accept it.”