Haaland picked up an injury on international duty with Norway against the Faroe Islands during the recent break. The striker then missed his side&aposs match against Scotland at Hampden Park.
Liverpool visit the Etihad in a mouthwatering top-of-the-table clash on Saturday lunchtime. A lot could depend on whether Haaland is fit to play against Jurgen Klopp&aposs men – and here the Manchester Evening News rounds up the latest on his situation.
Norway manager Stale Solbakken admitted that the ankle problem isn&apost too serious an issue, though he did suggest that it wouldn&apost be the easiest injury to come back from in terms of the Liverpool game. Solbakken said of Haaland&aposs injury before last weekend&aposs clash vs Scotland: Its a big blow for any team but we have played without him before, sometimes with success, sometimes without.
We started the qualification when he was not ready for the first two games, but after that he has played every single game so it was unfortunate for us that he got the small knock on Thursday. Its the movement in his foot that is the problem but its not a serious injury. Had it been a final, I dont know (if he would have been fit to play). All parties agree it is probably a little too early (for him to play) but it is not a career-threatening injury.
It was his choice. He wanted to play 45 minutes to keep the momentum in a week where we were maybe not training as much. It was his decision. There were three players who have played many games and we had conversations with all three of them and Erlings much preferred choice was to play 45 minutes.
Meanwhile, Haaland was in training with City in Thursday&aposs session in a boost for Pep Guardiola. Haaland has missed just four games in the Premier League with injury for City, one of those being the 4-1 win over Liverpool back in April.