Raheem Sterling’s absence from Man City squad explained as ‘Pep roulette’ in full swing vs Fulham

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Raheem Sterling’s absence from Man City squad explained as ‘Pep roulette’ in full swing vs Fulham

Manchester City have this evening provided an explanation for the absence of Raheem Sterling from the club’s matchday squad to take on Fulham.

London showdown

Pep Guardiola’s men are set to return to action shortly, in Saturday’s final Premier League fixture.

The table-topping Sky Blues will make the trip to Fulham, aiming to extend their advantage over Manchester United to a hefty 17 points, ahead of the Reds’ meeting with West Ham tomorrow night.

Fulham, though, will prove no pushovers.

The Cottagers are currently at the heart of a tense battle against the drop, sitting 18th in the Premier League table.

A fine recent spell of form, though, sees Scott Parker’s men locked on points with Brighton, in the knowledge that a shock victory this evening would guide them clear of both the Seagulls, and Newcastle, into 16th.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 03: Scott Parker, manager of Fulham during the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Chelsea FC at Craven Cottage on March 03, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Sterling misses out

And Fulham’s hopes of climbing out of the bottom-three, a short time ago, were dealt a boost, by none other than their upcoming opponents.

This comes with Pep Guardiola having opted to heavily rotate his squad, on the back of the Citizens’ midweek win over Southampton.

The Spaniard has opted for no fewer than seven changes to his starting XI, with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan all benched.

The main talking point when it comes to City personnel this evening, though, undoubtedly comes in the form of Raheem Sterling’s complete omission from the club’s matchday squad:

In turn, the soon-to-be champions have since moved to provide an explanation for the absence of their star wide-man, confirming that, amid a hectic fixture list, Sterling has simply been ‘rested’.

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City FC 29 40 68
2 Manchester United FC 28 23 54
3 Leicester City FC 28 16 53
4 Chelsea FC 29 19 51
5 West Ham United FC 27 11 48
6 Everton FC 27 4 46
7 Tottenham Hotspur FC 27 18 45
8 Liverpool FC 28 11 43
9 Aston Villa FC 27 11 41
10 Arsenal FC 27 7 38
11 Leeds United 28 -3 36
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 28 -9 35
13 Crystal Palace FC 28 -17 34
14 Southampton FC 28 -14 33
15 Burnley FC 28 -16 30
16 Newcastle United FC 28 -17 28
17 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 27 -8 26
18 Fulham FC 28 -11 26
19 West Bromwich Albion 28 -36 18
20 Sheffield United FC 28 -29 14
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 17
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 16
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 16
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 14
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 13
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 13
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 12
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 12
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 10
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 10
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 9
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 9
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City FC 9
Barnes, Harvey Leicester City FC 9
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 9
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 9
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 9
Maddison, James Leicester City FC 8
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 8
Soucek, Tomas West Ham United FC 8

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