Chelsea winger Raheem Sterling had a nightmare reunion with Manchester City on Thursday evening as he trudged off injured moments into the match. To make matters worse, fellow wide man Christian Pulisic was also forced to withdraw inside the first 20 minutes at Stamford Bridge after a heavy tackle from John Stones.
Sterling will naturally have wanted to make an impression against his former employers but the Blues were dealt a fresh injury concern when he grimaced before coming off the pitch. The England international made no bones about his desire for regular minutes when he ditched City for Chelsea in a bumper £50million move last summer.
Although yet to hit the heights in a slightly darker shade of blue that many thought he would, Sterling wanted to put that right on Thursday. However, the match barely had time to get started before the 28-year-old slumped to the turf with just two minutes on the clock.
A concerning gesture to the physio when he tried to stretch out the winger’s hamstring will come as a worry for Chelsea supporters, who were dealt a separate injury blow pre-kick-off with Mason Mount. Having been deemed unable to continue, Sterling was brought off an replaced by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Things only got worse for Graham Potter just a few minutes later when a distraight Pulisic was also withdrawn and replaced by Carney Chukwuemeka. The USA international had taken a hit via a hefty tackle from Stones moments before he was substituted and appeared in some discomfort when coming off.
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