Norway boss Stale Solbakken says that the injury sustained by Erling Haaland, which has raised questions over whether he'll be fit for the top-of-the-table Premier League clash between Manchester City and Liverpool, is "not serious".
The City striker pulled out of the Norway squad for their Euro 2024 qualifier against Scotland at Hampden Park on Sunday after injuring his ankle during the 2-0 friendly win over Faroe Islands on Thursday.
In a tweet on Saturday (November 18), Haaland said: "Unfortunately, I am missing tomorrow’s game against Scotland. Wishing the boys all the best. Now treatment and trying to get back asap."
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And now Solbakkebn has shed further light on the problem, hinting the 23-year-old might have played against Scotland had there been anything riding on the match.
“It’s a big blow for any team but we have played without him before, sometimes with success, sometimes without,” said Solbakken, whose side cannot catch Scotland and Spain at the top of Group A.. “We started the qualification when he was not ready for the first two games, but after that he has played every single game so it was unfortunate for us that he got the small knock on Thursday.
“It’s the movement in his foot that is the problem but it’s not a serious injury. Had it been a final, I don’t know (if he would have been fit to play).
“All parties agree it is probably a little too early (for him to play) but it is not a career-threatening injury.”
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