Sterling out for 'weeks' with hamstring injury, says Guardiola
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Raheem Sterling appears set to miss Champions League duty against Real Madrid after Pep Guardiola predicted the Manchester City attacker would miss "weeks" with a hamstring injury.

The 25-year-old limped out of his side's 2-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday and could miss a crucial part of the season as City chase silverware in Europe, the FA Cup, and the League Cup.

"It takes weeks, but I don't know how long right now," Guardiola said, as reported by BBC Sport.

The City manager continued: "It is a problem being without him but we were without Gundo (Ilkay Gundogan) in the first season and (Aymeric) Laporte this season. It is what it is."

City's upcoming cup matches:

Date Opponent Event
Feb. 26 Real Madrid Champions League round of 16
March 1 Aston Villa League Cup final
March 4 Sheffield Wednesday FA Cup fifth round
March 17 Real Madrid Champions League round of 16

Sterling has featured in 23 of City's 25 league outings this season but his form has suffered in recent weeks. Following an explosive start to the season, the English international has failed to score in his last seven appearances across all competitions.

Frontline help may soon arrive in the shape of Leroy Sane, though. The German winger was sidelined in early August with a serious knee injury but returned to training with the first-team squad this week. "It needs time. He needs weeks," Guardiola warned.

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