Pep Guardiola admits Erling Haaland is a DOUBT to play against Leicester… after the free-scoring Man City striker was taken off at half-time against Borussia Dortmund due to feeling unwell
- Erling Haaland went off due to feeling unwell against Borussia Dortmund
- Pep Guardiola has revealed the striker is feeling better but needs to be assessed
- The City boss is yet to decide whether to play him against Leicester on Saturday
Pep Guardiola said he does not yet know if Erling Haaland will be fit to Saturday’s Premier League trip away to Leicester.
Haaland, who has scored 22 goals in 17 appearances for City this season, was taken off at half-time in the midweek 0-0 Champions League draw against Borussia Dortmund, with Guardiola saying he had a knock and had also been feeling ill.
Asked about his availability this weekend, Guardiola said in Friday’s press conference: ‘He feels better but we’re training in a few hours and we will assess. After we will decide.’
Erling Haaland (back, left) felt unwell against Borussia Dortmund and came off at half-time
Pep Guardiola has admitted he is unsure whether Haaland will be fit to play against Leicester
If Haaland is unable to play, Guardiola said fellow summer arrival Julian Alvarez would be the natural option to start.
The Argentina international has scored four goals in City colours – only one in the Premier League – but has to bide his time, with the match in Dortmund on Tuesday only his fourth start.
Guardiola added: ‘If Haaland doesn’t play, then Alvarez is the natural first option to replace him. I don’t judge Julian on how many goals he has scored…
‘Play 90 minutes every game and he will score goals. Maybe not like Erling, but he will score goals.’
Julian Alvarez is likely to deputise for Haaland if he is unable to play on Saturday
Guardiola also offered a positive update on injured England duo Kalvin Phillips and Kyle Walker, and their chances of making the World Cup.
‘They are positive, they are optimistic,’ he said. ‘They are in touch with Gareth (Southgate). I don’t know. I hope they are ready to be selected.
‘(Phillips) feels really well, the mobility in his shoulder is perfect. He has to avoid contact with his team-mates at the moment. If he’s fit, and I believe he can play, then maybe he can get some minutes (before the World Cup).’
Guardiola has revealed Kalvin Phillips could play for City before the World Cup
Guardiola has said Kyle Walker is ‘optimistic’ of making Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad
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