Erling Haaland not in the matchday squad for Man City's game at Leicester, FPL managers in meltdown
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Erling Haaland has been ruled out of Manchester City's Premier League clash at Leicester City, sending Fantasy Premier League managers into meltdown.
Haaland has enjoyed a blistering start at Man City, scoring a staggering 17 league goals this season.
But he won't be able to add to his tally, with the 22-year-old not in the matchday squad for today's league fixture.
He's not 'fully fit' as Pep Guardiola has opted for Julian Alvarez, Bernardo Silva and Jack Grealish in attack.
Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez are among the substitutes.
On Haaland, Brendan Rodgers hilariously said: "I'd be lying if I said I wasn't sliding on my knees when I heard he wasn't playing!"
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Naturally, Haaland's absence got FPL managers online talking.
One FPL manager tweeted; "Neither Foden or Haaland starting, FPL in the mud."
A second wrote: "RIP to those who captained Haaland."
A third added: "That’s my game week ruined."
Another commented: "My FPL is over before it started. Haaland out, Foden on the bench."
Haaland misses his first league match of the season, having played just 45 minutes of his side's Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund in midweek.
After the goalless draw in Germany, Guardiola said: "Erling had a bit of fever before the game, Joao [Cancelo] as well. I saw him tired, Joao as well.
"That's why we change it. In that period we struggle a lot."
Speaking at the post-match conference, the Blues boss added: "Three things: I saw him so tired. The second one he had a bit of a fever, like Joao. The third, he had a knock in his feet. That is why he wasn’t able to play in the second half.
"I don’t know right now. They were a little bit concerned at half-time but I saw him walking OK at the end."
Guardiola will be hoping to have Haaland fit for next week's matches against Sevilla and Fulham.