Erling Haaland suffers recurrence of ankle injury to plunge Man City into deeper injury crisis

Haaland was substituted at half-time of City&aposs recent win over Bournemouth with an ankle injury, but recovered in time to play the next game from the start. On international duty, he played the second half of Norway&aposs friendly clash with the Faroe Islands and went down late on holding his ankle.

He was able to continue until the end, but Norway&aposs team doctor, Ola Sand, and manager, Stale Solbakken, confirmed the issue was the same as he suffered earlier in November, adding that he was a doubt for their clash with Scotland on Sunday.

Sand told TV2: “It was much of the same that happened against Bournemouth a week and a half ago. He has had it before too. 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&aposll see tomorrow how he is then.

Now he will receive some treatment, then there will be peace and rest and then we will see how he is tomorrow morning. We have already spoken to City. Erling has spoken to both City and [chief doctor] Mario [Pafundi] already.

Norwegian media noted that Haaland walked out of the stadium unaided and without any obvious strapping or support, but manager Solbakken was asked after the game if he felt City would be frustrated that Haaland has potentially picked up an injury in a meaningless friendly.

He replied by saying City have never set any restrictions on when Haaland could play, adding: “Under no circumstances have we received an enquiry from Pep Guardiola during my time with the national team. Erling is very keen to play in the national team.”

If Haaland is injured, he becomes the ninth doubt for the clash with Liverpool next week after Rodri also missed Spain&aposs fixture at Cyprus on Thursday amid reports of an injury. It would leave City with potentially just 12 fit outfield players.