Raheem Sterling was not able to play against the Republic of Ireland and Belgium due to his injury and England coach Gareth Southgate doubts that he will be in the game against Iceland on Wednesday.
went on playing withoutRaheem Sterling
in the games against the Republic of Ireland andBelgium
England coach Gareth Southgate has confirmed that Sterling did not feel well and even “did not train on Friday as a precaution”.
"Raheem felt something a couple of days ago and didn't train on Friday as a precaution," Southgate said.
"He started training yesterday and wasn't really happy with it. It's not one we should take a chance on.
"He should be fine by the end of the week but I think the games for us will just come too quickly.”
With him not being able to play,Manchester City
’s injury problems have grown dramatically.
On Wednesday,Nathan Ake
had a hamstring problem in the first minutes of Netherlands’ 1-1 draw against Spain and was substituted withSven Botman
City have already lostSergio Aguero
, who has been limited to just three appearances this season.Pep Guardiola
’s side went on the first three Premier League games without Aguero because of his knee injury and also in the game againstWest Ham
had to be replaced because of a hamstring problem.
Although the Argentina international returned to train with his teammates last week, he was not fit enough to play against Liverpool in their recent 1-1 draw.
The only good news for City was the return ofGabriel Jesus
after several weeks of treatment because of his injury.
Guardiola has been criticizing Premier League’s decision to limit the substitutions to three per match and it is while other leagues in Europe have allowed teams to replace players five times. Guardiola believes five times is a better choice because it could prevent injury in the busy fixture schedules.
"Here we believe we are more special, we don't protect the players, so that is why it is a disaster," he said.