Raheem Sterling Injury: Updates on Manchester City Star's Groin and Return

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Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling left the March 20 derby clash against Manchester United with a groin injury but has since returned.

Continue for updates.

Sterling Returns As a Substitute vs. Newcastle

Tuesday, April 19

Manchester City confirmed Sterling's return, taking the place of Fabian Delph in the second half against the Magpies.

Pellegrini Comments on Sterling's Return Status

Monday, April 18

"Sterling is coming back from an important injury we’ll see if he can play some minutes tomorrow [vs. Newcastle United]," said City boss Manuel Pellegrini. "It depends on the way he returns."

Sterling Absence Leaves Void on City's Left Flank

The England man completed a big-money move to City during the summer of 2015 and instantly became City's first-choice option on the left wing.

Purchased for an initial £44 million, Sterling combined well with fellow summer arrival Kevin De Bruyne before the Belgian went down with an injury of his own in January, after which City's Premier League title bid faltered alarmingly.

Reinforcements are hardly in abundance at the Etihad Stadium, with recently returned Samir Nasri suffering another knock that kept him out against Newcastle, per the club, meaning Sterling's return is a welcome sight.