Pep Guardiola reviews Fulham win
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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has detailed the extent of Erling Haaland’s injury ahead of Wednesday’s EFL Cup showdown against Chelsea. The Norwegian scored a last-minute penalty to down Fulham at the weekend but Guardiola insists that the frontman still isn’t 100 per cent.
Haaland suffered a foot injury against former club Borussia Dortmund at the end of October. City made sure not to throw him back into the action too soon, which is hardly surprising given the huge influence he has had on the Sky Blues’ season thus far.
A monstrous haul of 18 goals in his first 12 Premier League matches leaves him well clear of anyone else in the league. The Norwegian was rested against Leicester City and Sevilla but he came on from the bench to net a crucial last-gasp penalty in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Fulham.
Question marks remain over whether he can be fully phased back into the side, however, with an EFL Cup tie with Chelsea scheduled for Wednesday evening. Guardiola shed new light on the situation during his press conference on Tuesday.
“He’s not perfect still,” the former Barcelona boss told reporters. “We’ll see tomorrow. The important thing is that the bone is not broken. It’s just ligament damage a little bit. In a week or ten days, we will see what happens. If he feels good he can play with the national team, it’s so important for the players.”
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