World Football

Erling Haaland to miss Euro qualifier against Scotland due to ankle injury

Ashmit SinhaAshmit Sinha

November 18 2023
Erling Haaland

Haaland’s ankle has been contentious since City’s victory over Bournemouth last month.

Manchester City striker Erling Haaland will miss Norway’s last qualification game against Scotland due to an ankle injury sustained in his country’s win over the Faroe Islands in a friendly.

Haaland came on in the game against the Faroe Islands during half-time and sustained a blow to his ankle during the closing stages of the game. The blow was severe enough to force the striker off the pitch before the referee could blow the final whistle.

Haaland injured his ankle during a Premier League clash against Bournemouth last month which ultimately forced him off the pitch. A statement from Norway team doctor Ola Sand stated after the match that the issue was a recurrence of the ankle problem that forced Haaland off at half-time in City’s victory over Bournemouth earlier this month, and revealed that he had been in contact with the club’s medical staff over the situation.’

Commenting on the nature of the injury, Sand said.-

“The injury is not serious, but he is in so much pain and somewhat restricted function that the Scotland game unfortunately comes a little too early”.

Haaland’s injury comes at a crucial time for Manchester City as they are scheduled to host Liverpool in an important top of the table Premier League clash once the international break gets over. City are then scheduled to face Leipzig in a tricky Champions League fixture post which they face Tottenham and Aston Villa in three days’ time.

Injuries Pile on at the Etihad

Haaland’s ankle injury adds him to a list of key Manchester City players who are either unavailable or have a question mark over their match fitness. Star players Kevin De Bruyne and John Stones remain unavailable due to long term injuries. Ederson pulled put of the Brazilian squad after reporting a foot injury post City’s dramatic 4-4 draw against Chelsea. Nathan Ake pulled out of the Netherlands squad along with Matheus Nunes, who was left out of the Portugal squad against Liechtenstein.

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