Manager Roy Hodgson lost two members of his squad on Friday, in the shape of Tom Cleverley and Kyle Walker.
Cleverley returned to Manchester United before the 4-1 win over Montenegro with a calf injury that is likely to keep him out for up to three weeks, while Walker picked up a booking in the match which means he is suspended for the clash with Poland.
Either Phil Jones or Chris Smalling are likely to replace the Tottenham man at right-back, but Hodgson has called on Sterling, who was part of Gareth Southgate's Under-21 squad that beat San Marino on Thursday, to bolster numbers ahead of a game England must win to guarantee qualification for next summer's Finals in Brazil.
Sterling became the fifth-youngest player in England history when he made his debut in the friendly defeat to Sweden last November, but the 18-year-old has not featured since.
England head into the final set of fixtures with a one-point lead at the top of Group H.
But with Ukraine's final game being a trip to San Marino, who have lost every game in qualifying, Hodgson knows his side must win to avoid November's playoffs.