- Raheem Sterling is gearing up for a return from injury to help crisis-hit Chelsea
- The England international sported a new hairstyle as he stepped up his recovery
- Fans of the Londoners were not so pleased with his looks more than his football
Chelsea have a whole starting XI out injured, a group that appears to be better than the team Graham Potter has been able to deploy on the field during their recent run of poor form.
Potter's men seem to be getting close to some daylight after picking up four points in their last two games, as well as not playing again until February 3 when the Blues welcome some injured stars back.
Summer signing from Manchester City, Raheem Sterling is gearing up for a return from the injury he sustained against his former club, in the Blues' 1-0 Premier League loss, as reported by Goal.
Sterling rocks new hairstyle
The England international keeps a full hair and on many occasions makes different styles of plaits or dreads with it. Ahead of his return from injury, he is sporting an African-styled plait of his hair, as revealed on his Twitter handle.
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Along with the photograph of Sterling during a gym session, he also added the caption 'Loading' and an hourglass emoji - leading many to assume he is set for a return when the club face Fulham at Stamford Bridge next.
Fans react to Sterling's hairystyle
According to reports from Sports Illustrated, Chelsea have completed the signing of Christopher Nkunku from RB Leipzig, and Sterling's recent appearance has been likened to that of the French star.
Another user @henry91170 warned Sterling would spend time on the bench if he failed to step up his performances.
''You better start scoring goals and performing better or else you gon say no bench bro . Welcome back''
''Those your back passes ain’t needed anymore. If you cannot take on Someone just gettout of our club''
''Soft bro, I believe you can also help to motivate the new boys even if you won’t be playing week in week out but surely need you around bro stay bless''
''We de beg if you know you haven’t changed your football then don’t come back. The kids are there to play for us.''
The reactions were capped by a Man City and a Liverpool fan respectively, who revealed the star was missed at their clubs in varying ways.
''Come back to Man City King''
''You probably still regret leaving Liverpool. You would have become a legend of the game!.'
Sterling will face more competition for a first-team place, after the recent acquisitions of Mykhailo Mudryk and Noni Madueke, as well as the loan signing of João Felix.
Sterling celebrates son's birthday
Sports Brief earlier reported on Sterling celebrating his son's birthday, weeks after his house was burgled while he was on duty with England at the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
Jewellery worth £300,000 was stolen at his house and he rushed home to make sure his family was safe, leading to him missing the Three Lions 3-0 win over Senegal.
The former Liverpool star has two sons with his current partner and a daughter from a previous relationship, as revealed by the Sun.