Erling Haaland is expected to be fit for Manchester City’s clash with Liverpool in the Premier League next weekend, despite suffering an ankle injury on international duty.
Haaland sustained an ankle issue in Norway’s 2-0 win over the Faroe Islands on Thursday, with the 23-year-old appearing in visible discomfort. The injury is understood to be a reoccurrence of the problem that saw Haaland substituted at half-time of City’s 6-1 win over Bournemouth on November 6.
Pep Guardiola’s side face Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday, as the league leaders take on the second-placed Reds in a crucial clash at the Etihad, with just a point separating the teams in the table.
City have received a boost ahead of the game, with Norway’s medical team having talked down the extent of the forward’s issue.
“It was much of the same that happened against Bournemouth a week and a half ago. He has had it before too,” Norway’s team doctor, Ola Sand, told Norwegian publication VG.
“He gets a slight twist in his ankle, where he is a bit vulnerable. It hurts a lot right away, and then it goes away pretty quickly.
“Now he will receive some treatment, then there will be peace and rest and then we will see how he is tomorrow morning.
“We have already spoken to City. Erling has spoken to both Manchester City and [their chief doctor] Mario [Pafundi] already.”
Haaland – who is the leading scorer in the Premier League this season with 13 goals – is expected to be deemed fit to feature against Liverpool.