The English forward was out of action with a hamstring injury since the beginning of February but is set to feature in Santiago Bernabeu.

Raheem Sterling is back fit for Manchester City, Pep Guardiola has verified, meaning he could feature in the Champions League against Real Madrid on Wednesday.

The information comes as a massive boost for City before the last-16 first leg in Santiago Bernabeu, with Sterling having missed their last two games.

He’s been out of action since picking up a hamstring injury in the 2-0 Premier League defeat to Tottenham at the start of the month.

“Yeah, Raheem is healthy,” Guardiola said in his pre-match media conference. “His natural physical state, his regeneration is remarkable.

“He explained to us,’I might have played with the West Ham game, I might have played Leicester’.

“The physician said to be cautious due to the timing. With this injury, it is always 3 weeks, 1 month and after 15 days that he wanted to perform.

“That’s a great sign. He’s fit, he’s prepared.”

One player who won’t feature in the Spanish capital is Madrid winger Eden Hazard, who may be out for the remainder of the year after fracturing his ankle.

Hazard picked up the injury in Madrid’s shock 1-0 defeat to Levante, which saw them cede edge to Barcelona from the Spanish title race on Sunday.

“It is very bad he is not here,” Guardiola said of Hazard. “I had the honor of watching and suffering him in England!

“To see him near you think,’What a player’. I wish he was here. He’s a magnificent player.”

With City now facing a two-year prohibit from the Champions League, additional significance was heaped on the Madrid tie as Guardiola seems to provide the trophy for the first time in the club.

But he maintains he trusts the club hierarchy, that are set to appeal the ban.

“We had been under suspicion for quite a long time. We’ve got the right to appeal,” Guardiola added.

“I trust the people in my club. They showed me the arguments and evidence.

“We will appeal and we’re optimistic. We deserve to be in the Champions League.

“If it does not happen, we must accept it with the men and women who wish to remain. I trust the club. We appeal as a club and wait to see what is going to happen.”