Rodri Hernández is back (after suspension), Manchester City is back on the road to victory (after three draws and one defeat), but Erling Haaland is absent. “It’s a ‘bone stress’ problem. Just stress. I’m not ready for this game, and I don’t think I’ll be ready for Crystal Palace. I hope he is ready in Saudi Arabia. Every week will dictate how he feels,” said Pep Guardiola in a press conference about the health of the Norwegian forward.
Citizens’ ‘9’ were absent at the last minute for the visit to Kenilworth Road. Just an hour before the match, which ended with the return and victory of the Mancunian team (1-2), the absence of Erling Haaland from the squad was announced. As Sampedor’s coach explained, the cyborg “couldn’t walk well after Aston Villa. “The day before the Luton Town game he said he felt good, better, and without pain, so which the doctor said we need to see weekly or daily.”
Almost absent for the visit of Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium next Saturday, Erling Haaland’s return to the team aims to take place in the semi-finals of the Club World Cup. Manchester City, as the current champions of the Champions League, will face the winner of the second round tie between Japanese Urawa Red Diamonds and Mexican León. A match to be played at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah on Tuesday, December 19.
Although Pep Guardiola acknowledged that he did not know “how long he will be out,” he ruled out any type of fracture in his foot. At the same time, during the last national team break last November, some ankle sprains led Erling Haaland to miss the decisive match against Scotland. “During the season there are injuries, suspensions and many things,” Sampedor coach added in the press room.