In Manchester City News, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said he is unsure if star striker Erling Haaland will miss this weekend’s match at Leicester, after the Norwegian was substituted with injury against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.
“We’ll see how that turns out.”- Pep Guardiola
Haaland picked up a knock in City’s 0-0 Champions League draw away against Dortmund and was withdrawn at half-time. Guardiola said “we’ll see” when asked about Haaland’s fitness. “Today we were pretty exhausted,” Guardiola said. “Erling Haaland took a knock, but he was running normally again just now.
Guardiola said Haaland will be assessed on Wednesday, ahead of City’s lunchtime trip to Leicester on Saturday, but the prolific goalscorer could be a doubt for the encounter. Explaining his decision to replace Haaland at the break, Guardiola said: “There were three things. Firstly, I saw him so tired.
“The second one he had a bit of a fever, like Joao Cancelo. The third, he had a knock on his foot. That’s why he wasn’t able to play in the second-half.”
Asked about the extent of the foot injury suffered by Haaland, who has 22 goals in 14 games for City this season, Guardiola said: “I don’t know right now.
“They [City’s medical staff] were a little bit concerned at half-time, but I saw him walking okay at the end, so we’ll have to see.” With Haaland off the pitch, Mahrez took a second-half penalty, awarded after he was fouled, but the winger failed to score.
In Haaland’s absence, Riyad Mahrez stepped up to take a second-half penalty, but his shot was saved by goalkeeper Gregor Kobel to help Dortmund into the knockout rounds.
City, who are through to the Champions League last 16 as Group G winners, travel to Leicester for Saturday’s early Premier League fixture.
Haaland has scored 17 goals in 11 league appearances for City this season since joining from Dortmund in the summer.
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