Man City get Erling Haaland boost as Nathan Ake shares Pep Guardiola story

Pep Guardiola&aposs troops, who signed off for the current international break with a pulsating 4-4 draw against Chelsea last weekend, will welcome Jurgen Klopp&aposs side to the Etihad Stadium next Saturday, signalling the restart of the Premier League campaign. The two sides currently occupy first and second in the table respectively, with City a point better off.

However, the Blues have been dealt a series of injury concerns over the hiatus, the most concerning of which is to star striker Erling Haaland. He twisted his ankle in Norway&aposs 2-0 win over the Faroe Islands on Thursday, ruling him out of their European Championship qualifier against Scotland on Sunday evening.

Below, MEN Sport brings you the very latest City headlines for the evening of Sunday, November 19.

Though City will currently be sweating over the availability of Haaland for the upcoming clash with Liverpool, they may take comfort from the fact his chances of getting injured next summer have been eased. Norway&aposs slim hopes of qualifying for next summer&aposs European Championship in Germany were quashed on Saturday, meaning Haaland will be able to put his feet up and relax at the end of this season.

Norway will conclude their European Championship qualifying campaign against Scotland this evening, knowing that even a win will not be enough to see them qualify. They are currently third in Group A, eight and six points behind Spain and Scotland in first and second respectively.

Israel&aposs 2-1 defeat to Romania dented Norway&aposs hopes of getting the opportunity to qualify via the play-off spots. Norway needed Israel to win to keep their qualifying corridor open.

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City defender Nathan Ake has paid credit to manager Guardiola for the way he ensured he remained motivated during his first season at the club. The Netherlands international joined the Blues from Bournemouth in 2020.

Despite joining City for a hefty-sized transfer fee, he struggled for regular opportunities in his maiden season at the Etihad Stadium. At the same time, his father was battling cancer, and sadly died in September 2021.