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Raheem Sterling's Car Reportedly Found Crashed with Laughing Gas Canister Inside

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistAugust 10, 2015

Raheem Sterling, left, of Manchester City and Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid contest for the ball during their International Championship Cup soccer match in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, July 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Theo Karanikos)
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Raheem Sterling's Mercedes has reportedly been found crashed and abandoned in London with laughing gas canisters in the footwell.

The Manchester City winger's agent claims Sterling was not in the car when it crashed, though, as he had lent it to a friend, per Jake Ryan of the Sun

The bonnet of the car looks to have been significantly damaged. Both airbags were released, and blue nitrous oxide canisters could be seen on the floor.

101 Great Goals relayed the Sun's photographs of the vehicle, which is now in Manchester for repairs:

101 Great Goals @101greatgoals

Raheem Sterling's £125,000 Merc in a crash, laughing gas in the front passenger seat [Sun] http://t.co/RmFAixYeb1 http://t.co/RPMGqr9kJT

A Sun source insisted Sterling was not involved in the crash but did question the company the 20-year-old keeps, per Ryan:

The Merc was in London for days after the smash—it was just left on the street. Raheem wasn’t in the car at the time, he was training in Manchester. It looks like he lent it to a mate.

Raheem needs to think about whether he’s hanging around with the right kind of people, especially as he is such a high-profile star.

Sterling is expected to make his City debut in the Premier League on Monday against West Bromwich Albion after his summer switch to the Etihad Stadium from Liverpool for £49 million.

The latest incident is not the first time the England international has been implicated in the use of laughing gas—a legal but dangerous chemical high.

The Sun previously published two separate stories about the youngster's use of the legal high, the most recent reportedly showing him sucking on a balloon filled with nitrous oxide in Ibiza back in June, via BBC Radio 4's Nick Sutton:

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Thursday's Sun front page: £50m? You're having 'a laughing gas #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers #mcfc #lfc http://t.co/oaqt5Hl9Sr

However, if the winger's agent is to be believed, Sterling had nothing to do with the Mercedes crash.

While the story has emerged at an inopportune time ahead of the West Brom match, City boss Manuel Pellegrini will hope Sterling's focus is not disturbed.

The Sky Blues have an opportunity to make a strong start to the new Premier League campaign, especially as title rivals Chelsea and Arsenal both failed to win their opening matches over the weekend. 

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