Pep Guardiola has provided an injury update regarding Manchester City’s star striker, Erling Haaland, following his early substitution during the team’s recent victory over Bournemouth. Haaland, the Norwegian international, has made a significant impact since his transfer from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City.
Having netted over 50 goals in all competitions last season, Haaland played a pivotal role in Manchester City’s triumphant treble-winning campaign, clinching the Premier League, Champions League, and FA Cup titles. The current season has also seen Haaland in fine form, with 11 goals in 11 Premier League matches, further fueling City’s title aspirations.
Despite two early-season defeats, Manchester City remains a contender for the title. During their routine win over Bournemouth, Haaland’s fitness was a concern due to an incident just before half-time. The 23-year-old striker was substituted during the 6-1 victory due to a slight ankle twist, which posed a potential risk to his condition.
This injury development has arrived at a crucial juncture in Manchester City’s title race with Arsenal, a team that has recently defeated them. It has also coincided with City’s upcoming clash with Chelsea, which promises to be another pivotal encounter for the team. The absence of Haaland could represent an opportunity for Chelsea, as he has proven challenging for most opponents to contain.
Pep Guardiola, the manager of Manchester City, has provided an update on Haaland’s injury status, expressing optimism that the striker may recover in time for their next match. He explained to the media: “It was a twist in the ankle, and we didn’t want to take any risks with him as he didn’t feel comfortable. He may return, perhaps on Tuesday, but definitely by next Sunday.”
The cautious approach with Haaland’s injury appears to be the best strategy for Manchester City to maintain their competitive edge in the upcoming fixtures of the season.