Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling will be fit to face Arsenal in the Premier League this weekend, despite picking up a back injury while on international duty, according to The Mirror.

England boss Gareth Southgate substituted the 22-year-old during the 2-0 win against Lithuania when the forward picked up a back injury.

The former Liverpool player is now expected to be fit for Sundays trip to the Emirates.

News of Sterlings recovery will come as a major boost to manager Pep Guardiola as the fitness of several players in the squad still remain doubtful.

Gabriel Jesus and Ilkay Gundogan are long-term absentees while Bacary Sagna, Pablo Zabaleta and Kevin De Bruyne are still being assessed.

City could potentially overtake second-placed Tottenham Hotspur if they come away with a win against an Arsenal side who have won only one of their last five league matches.

Although a title push looks unlikely for the Citizens given the 12-point gap between themselves and leaders Chelsea, a victory over the Gunnerswould go a long way towards consolidatinga top-three finish and automatic qualification for next season’s Champions League group stages.


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