Man City get Erling Haaland injury update as Ballon d’Or theory shared

The Norwegian was substituted at half-time during the 6-1 thumping of Bournemouth in the Premier League over the weekend. That had made him a doubt for the Group G clash at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday, and City boss Pep Guardiola has now issued an update ahead of the midweek clash.

It comes as Match of the Day pundits Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer have discussed Haaland&aposs second-placed finish in this year&aposs Ballon d&aposOr, with the former Leicester, Barcelona and Tottenham striker sharing his theory over why Lionel Messi pipped the City talisman to the top award.

Here are today&aposs Manchester City headlines on Monday, November 6.

Erling Haaland &aposfeels better&apos after his injury at the weekend, and will be assessed ahead of Manchester City&aposs Champions League clash against Young Boys.

City can secure qualification to the knockout stages with two games to spare, but may have to do that without Haaland who was substituted at half time of the weekend&aposs win over Bournemouth after feeling a twist in his ankle.

Guardiola wouldn&apost give much away in terms of Haaland&aposs fitness, saying he would go off the club doctor&aposs prognosis, but added that Haaland feels well and will be in contention if he is given the green light.

Read what the CIty boss had to say in full here.

Alan Shearer and Gary Lineker have discussed how and why Inter Miami star Lionel Messi was able to win the Ballon d&aposOr over Manchester City striker Erling Haaland.

The Norwegian striker scored 52 goals across all competitions under Pep Guardiola last season, winning numerous awards for his efforts, including the Gerd Muller Trophy at the ceremony last week. He added the prestigious award to the Premier League Golden Boot, the European Golden Shoe, Premier League Player of the Season, Premier League Young Player of the Season and the FWA Mens Footballer of the Year awards he&aposd already picked up.

Despite his record-breaking season though, he was still unable to beat the Argentinian international, who led his country to their third World Cup trophy in Qatar last winter. The star won the award for a record eighth time with Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe finishing third, while Haaland&aposs City teammates Kevin de Bruyne and Rodri finished fourth and fifth.

Now pundits and former England strikers Shearer and Lineker have given their thoughts on the results of the award show.

Read their verdicts here.

The transfer window has been a hectic one and City have been busy, with high-profile signings and sales aplenty.

City snapped up Croatian pair Mateo Kovacic and Josko Gvardiol from Chelsea and RB Leipzig respectively with the latest addition being Jeremy Doku. Wolves&apos Matheus Nunes then joined the Blues on deadline day. In terms of outgoings, Treble winner Ilkay Gundogan departed for Barcelona, Aymeric Laporte and Riyad Mahrez moved to Saudi Arabia, and Cole Palmer completed a shock move to Chelsea.

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