Erling Haaland

Manchester City Welcomes Erling Haaland Back After Injury Hiatus

31 January, 2024

Star striker Erling Haaland is set to make a comeback after a two-month injury layoff, as announced by manager Pep Guardiola on Tuesday. The Norwegian forward, who has been sidelined with a foot injury, is now available for selection in City’s upcoming Premier League clash against Burnley at the Etihad Stadium.

The 23-year-old’s last appearance was in a game against Aston Villa on December 6, where he experienced stress on the bone of his foot. This setback has kept him out of action, leaving City without one of its key offensive weapons. Follow your favourite Premier League team with attractive football betting odds from Nextbet.

Guardiola, while confirming Haaland’s return, did not specify if he would be in the starting lineup for Wednesday’s match. “For the first time, he is back,” Guardiola said. “Two months out is a long time but he feels good … apparently tomorrow he will be with all of us.”

Haaland’s return is a timely one for Manchester City, currently trailing five points behind league leaders Liverpool with a game in hand. His absence was palpably felt, with the team missing his scoring ability. Last season’s top scorer in the league, Haaland’s presence on the field has been crucial for City’s attacking play.

In related team news, Guardiola provided updates on other players as well. Kevin De Bruyne, who recently returned from a hamstring injury that required surgery and a five-month recovery, has been gradually reintroduced into the team. 

Unlike De Bruyne, Haaland’s injury did not involve muscle or surgical intervention, prompting Guardiola to suggest a potentially different approach to his reintroduction. “One was muscular and surgery, he (Haaland) was stress on the bone, so it’s a completely different approach,” he said. “But of course, step by step.”

The City squad is further bolstered by the return of defenders Manuel Akanji and John Stones, who are also recovering from injuries. Their availability adds depth to the team’s defensive options, a critical factor in the intense title race. Get the latest updates from the Premier League only on Nextbet Sports