Although Erling Haaland had a scare during his international service, he is expected to be ready for Manchester City’s Premier League match against Liverpool on Saturday afternoon.
Due to an ankle sprain sustained during Norway’s Thursday friendly against the Faroe Islands, the centre-forward will not be playing for the national team against Scotland on Sunday and will not be able to qualify for Euro 2024.
“Erling Braut Haaland, in consultation with the medical officer Ola Sand and national team manager Stale Solbakken, has come to the conclusion that he has to miss the European Championship qualifier against Scotland,” according to a statement released by Norway.
“Haaland hit his foot during the match against the Faroe Islands on Thursday and is therefore not eligible to play in Glasgow.”
Ola Sand, the team doctor for Norway, stated in the meantime: “The injury is not serious, but he is in so much pain and somewhat restricted function that the Scotland game unfortunately comes a little too early.”
This season, in 18 games across all competitions, the Norwegian has once again shown great form for the Citizens, tallying 17 goals and dishing out four assists.
Haaland scored twice in the 4–4 tie with Chelsea prior to the international break, giving him 13 goals in 12 Premier League games this season.
However, the forward’s future is currently in doubt because it’s rumoured that Real Madrid is getting ready to make a play for him in the summer.
Man City leads the table right now, one point ahead of Liverpool in second place, ahead of what could be an exciting match at the Etihad Stadium in the early kickoff.
For the match against Jurgen Klopp’s team, the hosts will most likely be without Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Gomez, and John Stones.
Due to problems that have arisen during the international break, Nathan Ake, Ederson, Mateo Kovacic, Matheus Nunes, and Rodri are all doubts for the match.
Guardiola may rotate his team against RB Leipzig in the Champions League on November 28, sandwiching the match between league games against Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur. Man City has already advanced to the knockout phase of the competition.
During a difficult stretch, the Citizens will also play Aston Villa on December 6. The triple winners have already dropped three games this season across all competitions.