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Pep Guardiola updates Haaland’s injury situation, reveals “playability” in the last two games before the season breaks for the World Cup

Haaland missed two matches due to the injury before coming off the bench against Fulham in the Premier League on Saturday, converting a stoppage-time penalty to secure victory.

 

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said Erling Haaland is not yet fully recovered from a foot injury and that the striker may sit out its last two games before the season breaks for the World Cup.

 

Haaland missed two matches due to the injury before coming off the bench against Fulham in the Premier League on Saturday, converting a stoppage-time penalty to secure victory.

“He is still not perfect,” Guardiola told reporters ahead of their League Cup third round tie against Chelsea later on Wednesday.

“He is getting better. The main thing is the bone was not broken – the ligament is damaged a little bit, so he’s still not perfect right now.”

City hosts Brentford on Saturday in their last game before the league shuts down for the World Cup in Qatar.

Guardiola said the 22-year-old could play in Norway’s friendlies against Ireland and Finland later this month.

“If he feels good, he will play for the national team – it is so important for the players,” Guardiola said. “I never stop players playing for their national team.”

Pep Guardiola rejects Raheem Sterling’s reasons for move from Manchester City to Chelsea

 

Pep Guardiola rejected a suggestion from Raheem Sterling that he had to join Chelsea because of a lack of game time at Manchester City.

Sterling moved to Stamford Bridge in the summer and will return to the Etihad Stadium with his new club in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.

The England winger has suggested he had to move because his opportunities at City were “getting limited,” but Guardiola insists that wasn’t the case.

“We worked six years here together every day, working, playing a lot of games, the most important games,” Guardiola told a news conference on Tuesday. “He played probably the most important game we played in the final of the Champions League, he was there. If he’s happy we’re happy.”

 

Sterling spent seven years at City after arriving from Liverpool in 2015. He won four Premier League titles and another six domestic trophies and Guardiola is hopeful the 27-year-old will get a positive reception when he makes his return to the Etihad.

“I hope so, definitely hope so,” Guardiola added. “Always I like clubs when they welcome guys who have been here many years and been a key figure, an important role in our team in all these years.

“Maybe forget what happened in the last month, but that’s not the reality of the last six or seven years he was here. He deserves it and I hope the same will happen with Gabby [Gabriel Jesus]. We want to beat them, of course. In England the people appreciate that.

“Thank you so much, I wish him all the best and hope he’s happy.”

Source: sportstar.thehindu.com; www.espn.co.uk

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