Manchester forward Erling Haaland says he hopes to return to action ‘as soon as possible’ ahead of next Saturday’s Premier League game against Liverpool.
Haaland sustained an ankle injury and subsequently pulled out of Norway’s squad to face Scotland in Sunday’s Euro 2024 qualifier. He is now a serious doubt for the game at Etihad.
His national team doctor Ola Sand disclosed that the 23-year-old is in ‘so much pain’ due to the injury.
“The injury is not serious,” Sand said:
“But he is in so much pain and somewhat restricted function, that the Scotland game unfortunately comes a little too early.”
Haaland expressed his frustration to miss his country’s game against Scotland but has vowed to make a quick return to action for the upcoming fixtures for Pep Guardiola’s side.
“Unfortunately, I am missing tomorrow’s game against Scotland. Wishing the boys all the best. Now treatment and trying to get back asap,” he posted on his Twitter page.
Unfortunately, I am missing tomorrow’s game against Scotland. Wishing the boys all the best. Now treatment and trying to get back asap 💪🏻🙏🏻🇳🇴 pic.twitter.com/nnNGCWrypM
— Erling Haaland (@ErlingHaaland) November 18, 2023
Haaland has banged in 17 goals in 16 games in all competitions for City this season and is currently the top scorer in the Premier League with 13 goals, ahead of Liverpool talisman Mohamed Salah with 10.
Pep Guardiola will hope Haaland will recover in time for the crucial game against title rivals Liverpool after the international break. City have hampered by injuries this season with Kevin De Bruyne and John Stones ruled out for several weeks.
Goalkeeper Ederson withdrew from the Brazil squad for the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers after picking up a foot injury against Chelsea, while summer signing Matheus Nunes was deemed not to be fit enough to play for Portugal in their two November games.
Nathan Ake and Mateo Kovacic also picked up injuries in the 4-4 draw at Stamford Bridge.