Raheem Sterling will MISS England's Nations League game against Belgium due to last-minute injury 

Raheem Sterling is optimistic he will be fit for Manchester City’s crunch clash against Tottenham next week despite the winger pulling out of England’s Nations League game at Belgium with a calf injury

  • Raheem Sterling was ruled out of England’s Nations League game vs Belgium
  • But the attacker is hopeful he will be fit in time for Man City’s clash with Spurs 
  • The Man City forward picked up a calf injury and was initially set to start  
  • Sterling is said to have suffered up a knock in a training session on Saturday 

Raheem Sterling is hopeful of being available for Saturday’s crunch clash against Tottenham after he became the latest player to withdraw from the England squad through injury.

Manchester City have been left sweating on their star attacker’s fitness as it emerged he sustained a minor leg injury that caused him to miss Sunday night’s clash in Belgium.

Sterling is also set to miss Wednesday’s final Nations League game against Iceland at Wembley, news which comes as a major blow to England boss Gareth Southgate.

Raheem Sterling will sit out of England's Nations League clash with Belgium due to injury

Raheem Sterling will sit out of England’s Nations League clash with Belgium due to injury

But the injury is not said to be serious and Sterling could be available for Saturday’s mouthwatering game against in-form Tottenham.

However, even if Sterling fails to prove his fitness in time for the game against Jose Mourinho’s team – the attacker is not facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Sterling felt a muscle twinge at the end of last week which precluded him from training on Friday.

The forward tried to train on Saturday but was uncomfortable and the decision was taken for him not to be considered for the game in Belgium – with his inclusion in the party to face Iceland also appearing very unlikely.

Sterling is suffering with a calf problem after a knock during England training this week

Sterling is suffering with a calf problem after a knock during England training this week 

His withdrawal comes just days after Joe Gomez suffered a season ending injury whilst on international duty.

The matter of player welfare has been a hugely contentious issue since the start of the season – indeed Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp have been two of the most outspoken.

And news of Sterling’s injury will only add to the concerns of Premier League managers that their players are being put under severe strain due to the truncated season caused by last season’s coronavirus delay.

source: dailymail.co.uk

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