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Erling Haaland injury: What has Pep Guardiola said? Will he be fit for Leicester vs Man City?

The latest on Erling Haaland injury situation ahead of Man City’s clash with Leicester.

Manchester City could be without Erling Haaland for their trip to the King Power Stadium to take on Leicester City on Saturday afternoon. The Norwegian striker was withdrawn at half time during the Sky Blues’ Champions League clash against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday due to a knock and illness.

City drew 0-0 with the German side at Signal Iduna Park in their fifth group-stage game. The result meant Pep Guardiola’s side secured top spot in Group G with a fixture remaining, while Dortmund also guaranteed their place in the next round.

Haaland, who has scored an impressive 22 goals in 15 appearances for the Sky Blues in all competitions since joining from Dortmund this summer, and is now a doubt for their match against the Foxes on Saturday. The 22-year-old scored twice in City’s 3-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion in their last Premier outing.

What has Guardiola said?

With qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League now confirmed, Guardiola will now be able to focus on domestic competitions. The Sky Blues could play an inexperienced side in their final European group-stage game against Sevilla next Wednesday, while naming a stronger starting XI in their remaining three Premier League fixtures and League Cup third round match with Chelsea, but will Haaland be part of his plans due to injury?

“Erling didn’t feel good, he had a little bit of a fever before the game,” Guardiola explained, when speaking to BT Sport. “Joao as well, has a knock in his foot. I saw him [look] tired, Joao as well. That’s why we changed it, and in that period we struggled a lot.”

The comments might suggest that Haaland will likely be unavailable for City’s trip to Leicester this weekend. If not fit, Guardiola could opt to start Julian Alvarez in the number-nine role at the King Power Stadium, or revert to their use of a false-nine as seen last campaign, with Phil Foden an option for that position.


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