Manchester City will be made to sweat on the fitness of Erling Haaland ahead of next weekend’s Premier League clash with Liverpool – after the forward aggravated an injury in Norway’s Euro 2024 qualifier win over the Faroe Islands.
The 23-year-old, subbed on half-time in the 2-0 victory, left the field in discomfort at the end of the match after appearing to injure himself while stretching to connect with a cross from a team-mate in the 87th minute.
Speaking after the game, national team doctor Ola Sand eased fears that Haaland could be set for an extended period on the sidelines, insisting it was a similar injury to the one that the striker suffered while playing for Manchester City earlier this month.
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“It was much of the same that happened against Bournemouth a week and a half ago. He has had it before too”, Sand told TV 2. “He gets a slight twist in his ankle, where he is a bit vulnerable. It hurts a lot right away, and then it goes away pretty quickly. Then we’ll see tomorrow how he is then.”
After being withdrawn at the halfway point of Manchester City’s 6-1 thrashing of Bournemouth on November 4, Haaland was declared fit to play in City’s Champions League victory over Young Boys just three days later. However, it remains to be seen how the Norwegian will react to this latest injury setback.
Haaland is scheduled to be in action for Norway against Scotland on Sunday before returning to Manchester to begin preparations for City’s game with Liverpool on Saturday, November 25.
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