Raheem Sterling missed Chelsea’s last two games after suffering a bout of food poisoning with the winger now back in training ahead of huge FA Cup semi-final showdown against old side Man City

  • Raheem Sterling was absent for games against Sheffield United and Everton 
  • It has been revealed the England star has suffered a bout of food poisoning  
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Raheem Sterling has returned to training after being sidelined by a bout of food poisoning, boosting Chelsea’s attacking options as they aim to dump Manchester City out of their second cup competition in the space of four days.

Sterling’s former club were knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid on Wednesday and must try to overcome that draining defeat on penalties in time for Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final showdown at Wembley Stadium.

Sterling’s last appearance was as a substitute in the 4-3 victory over Manchester United two weeks ago, a comeback which became a Premier League classic when Cole Palmer scored in the 10th and 11th minutes of stoppage time.

Mail Sport has learned the 29-year-old’s absence has been due to food poisoning, which also led to him suffering from dehydration. 

The winger lost weight while battling that illness, with manager Mauricio Pochettino previously saying his player had been ‘vomiting’ due to a ‘virus’, but he has now been reunited with the squad as he looks to regain fitness.

The winger was absent for the 2-2 draw against Sheffield United and the 6-0 win over Everton

Raheem Sterling missed Chelsea’s last two matches after suffering from food poisoning 

Mauricio Pochettino previously said the player had been 'vomiting' due to a 'virus'

Mauricio Pochettino previously said the player had been ‘vomiting’ due to a ‘virus’

The player is now back in training to boost Pochettino’s options ahead of their FA Cup semi-final against his old side Manchester City on Saturday

Sterling has been a regular starter and appeared in every round of the FA Cup under Pochettino, who sees his experience as valuable in a squad full of youngsters. 

The England international has faced some challenging moments, not least when Chelsea’s fans have taken their frustration out on him, but Sterling is determined to help the club succeed despite their overall struggles amid a campaign impacted by injuries.

Winning the FA Cup, which would guarantee a spot in the Europa League for next season, would be a sure sign that Chelsea are heading in a positive direction under Pochettino.

The 52-year-old Argentine is set to finalise his starting line-up and substitutes’ bench on Friday. 

That will include deciding whether Palmer should start on the right wing or at No 10, the position from which he tormented Everton in Monday’s 6-0 win. Mykhailo Mudryk started on the left wing in that victory with Sterling still sidelined.

Chelsea have already drawn twice with City this season and will hope their European exertions have impacted them ahead of this trip to Wembley.

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