Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling has been ruled out with an injury to his left hamstring.
Sterling, 25, suffered the injury in the 2-0 defeat Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday and Man City have confirmed he will miss the game against West Ham this Sunday (Watch live, 11:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).
The English winger has been suffering from a dip in form in recent months and he has failed to score in any of his last eight appearances for the reigning Premier League champions.
Sterling missed several glaring opportunities against Spurs and that has been a reoccurring theme for him and his teammates as Pep Guardiola’s side are now 22 points behind leaders Liverpool.
They should have enough to get by West Ham this weekend without Sterling but for a player who relies on his searing pace to bamboozle opponents, this is an injury which could impact the speedy winger if it isn’t handled properly. Of course, Sterling’s game is about much more than pace these days as his finishing has gone to the next level as he’s scored 24 goals in 40 appearances in all competitions for club and country.
Injuries to Aymeric Laporte, Benjamin Mendy and Leroy Sane already having a big impact on City this season, so Guardiola will not be rushing Sterling back. Gareth Southgate may well be sweating on this news after he lost Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford to injury over the last month. That is the entire Three Lions front line out of action right now ahead of EURO 2020 this summer.
Luckily for everyone involved City will be on their winter break after they play against West Ham this weekend and their next game comes against Leicester City on Feb. 22.