Erling Haaland will miss Manchester City’s Premier League match against Luton Town on Sunday due to a foot ailment, which may limit his availability during the champions’ tight Christmas schedule.
Pep Guardiola, City’s manager, says Haaland detected the issue after Wednesday’s defeat against Aston Villa.
The loss of the Norwegian striker from the trip to Kenilworth Road is a significant setback for City as they attempt to keep pace with leaders Liverpool.
Haaland set the Premier League’s single-season goal record last season and has 19 goals this season.
Guardiola will be worried about Haaland’s fitness as City prepares to compete in the FIFA Club World Cup in Saudi Arabia before returning for the busy holiday schedule.
“A bone stress reaction in his foot, which he felt after the last game.” “He can’t play,” Guardiola declared just before the game against Luton.
“I’m not sure (how long the injury will last).” We’ll see what occurs week by week, day by day.
“We definitely play with 11 players. Erling has been quite valuable since his arrival. However, we see this type of behaviour during the season. We have to adapt to injuries, bans, and issues.”