Norwegian striker Erling Haaland will not be joining his national team for their upcoming internationals due to a groin injury. The 22-year-old, who has been in exceptional form for Manchester City, scoring eight goals in two games before the domestic football break, will now receive medical follow-up at the club. The Norwegian Football Federation confirmed that Haaland had experienced pain in his groin after the match against Burnley, and tests and examinations revealed that he would not be fit to play against Spain and Georgia. National team doctor Ola Sand stated that they had hoped it was just a minor issue that would be resolved by Saturday, but it was better for Haaland to receive medical attention at the club.
Haaland’s absence from the squad is a blow to Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, who will be concerned ahead of the Premier League title run-in. The team has 11 games left to play and is currently eight points behind leaders Arsenal. Although City has a game in hand, they face a challenging test to retain their title, including a match against bitter rivals Liverpool when the Premier League resumes next week. They also have a tricky two-legged Champions League tie against Bayern Munich in April and an FA Cup semi-final against Sheffield United at Wembley.
Haaland has been in exceptional form for Manchester City this season, scoring 42 goals in 37 games. He also has an impressive international record, with 21 goals in 23 appearances for Norway. However, he is yet to help his country qualify for a major tournament.
National team manager Stale Solbakken expressed disappointment at Haaland’s absence but remained confident in the team’s ability to win points in the upcoming matches. He stated that Haaland had taken the news hard but that there was still plenty of self-confidence, talent, and cohesion in the group.
In conclusion, Haaland’s injury is a setback for both Norway and Manchester City. However, it is better for him to receive medical attention at the club and return to full fitness as soon as possible. Manchester City faces a challenging run-in as they attempt to retain their title, but they have a talented squad capable of winning important matches.