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Norway doctor gives update on Erling Haaland's ankle injury, it's a nightmare for Pep Guardiola

Ryan Smart

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Norway doctor gives update on Erling Haaland's ankle injury, it's a nightmare for Pep Guardiola

The Norway national team doctor has given an update on Erling Haaland's ankle injury - and it appears to be bad news for Manchester City.

Haaland suffered the injury during Norway's friendly against Faroe Islands on Thursday, having come off the bench to play a part in the closing stages of the match.

Norway doctor Ola Sand told national outlet Vg that he suffered a twist to his ankle - the same ankle that he has injured before.

There were immediately concerns over whether he would be fit for next Saturday's Premier League clash against Liverpool - the winner of which will end the week on top of the table.

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Haaland has now pulled out of the Norway squad to take on Scotland due to the problem, with Stale Solbakken's side opting not to call up a replacement.

But it is the circumstances behind the withdrawal which will no doubt concern City.

While Sand has admitted that the injury itself is not serious - which on its own would be positive news for City - he has also revealed that Haaland is 'in so much pain'.

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But City boss Pep Guardiola's biggest concern will be the news that Haaland's function and movement is 'somewhat restricted', with power and movement off the ball being two of the Norwegian's greatest strengths.

The 23-year-old has just one week to prove himself fully fit to take on Liverpool, or City will be without their key player for their biggest game of the season thus far.

City have a string of injury doubts for the matchup, including Nathan Ake, Ederson and Matheus Nunes, who all left their national teams during the international break.

John Stones and Kevin De Bruyne are both set to miss out, although the former is close to a return having suffered an injury on the opening day of the Premier League season.

Featured Image Credit: Getty

Topics: Erling Haaland, Norway, Manchester City, Pep Guardiola, Premier League

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