Raheem Sterling to step up in De Bruyne absence

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has tipped Raheem Sterling to step up in the absence of Kevin De Bruyne.

De Bruyne limped out of a pitch after picking up an injury in City’s 3-1 victory against Swansea City last weekend.

Scans had since revealed that the 25-year-old had a muscle tear in his hamstring, as he travels to Barcelona for further scans.

The injury would rule him out of rule him out of a Champions League tie at Celtic mid-week, Sunday’s top-of-the-table match at Tottenham Hotspur and the fixture against Everton after the international break, with the Champions League game against Barcelona on 19 October penciled in for his return.

Guardiola admitted that the Belgian’s injury could be a blow to his side, but also that Raheem Sterling – who scored his fourth goal for City against Swansea – can fill the gap left by De Bruyne.

“Kevin is not going to play the next games and now we need to keep going and win the games without him. We have to do that,” he said.

“Raheem feels that. He feels that his team-mates appreciate his efforts – the staff, the coaches – we are so happy about what he has.”

“But again this is only September. I would like to be in May with one game left but we are in September and we have only played six games. We have a lot of games to play.”

City visits Celtic as the Manchester club aims to secure their 11th successive competitive victory under Guardiola.

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