Erling Haaland Out Until January: Pep Guardiola’s Update
Since participating for the entire ninety minutes in a 1-0 loss to Aston Villa earlier this month, the Norway international has been sidelined.
Due to a foot injury, Haaland has been unable to play in Man City’s previous six games, including two Club World Cup games.
Despite travelling to the tournament with the team, the striker was required to practise alone in Saudi Arabia.
Man City won the Club World Cup for the first time while he was away, defeating Brazilian team Fluminense and Japanese team Urawa Red Diamonds.
Additionally, Haaland was unable to play for Man City in their 3-1 Premier League victory over Everton at Goodison Park on Wednesday.
Phil Foden, Julian Alvarez, and Bernardo Silva helped their team rally from a goal down to win all three points, as witnessed by Pep Guardiola.
Following the away win, Guardiola gave an update on when he anticipates Haaland’s recovery from his injury.
“He is still not a member of the team,” the Man City manager stated to Amazon Prime. “He hasn’t attended a single training session with us, yet he feels better with his bones.
“Unfortunately, with so many teams, December gets really crowded. January is really busy. I hope he can return with us in January.”
Haaland’s absence from Saturday’s home match against relegation-threatened Sheffield United is confirmed by Guardiola’s remarks.
It’s unclear if Haaland will be back in time for Man City’s opening game of 2024 after being ruled out of the year’s last game.
The Citizens’ first Premier League match of the year will take place at St. James’ Park against Newcastle United on January 7, following an FA Cup match against Huddersfield Town on January 7.
Haaland is still atop the scoring charts with 14 goals in 15 top-flight outings this season, despite missing the previous three Premier League games.