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Pep Guardiola Issues Injury Update on Erling Haaland Ahead of Man City vs Chelsea

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Erling Haaland is still struggling with an ankle injury and a late decision will be made on his involvement in the Carabao Cup third-round tie against Chelsea at the Etihad on Wednesday.

The Norwegian is suffering ligament damage rather than a broken bone and he came off the bench to score a dramatic late winner for City from the penalty spot against Fulham on Saturday.

The 22-year-old is still not fully fit, but he could be included in Norway’s squad for two friendlies against Ireland and Finland next week.

Although the World Cup is scheduled for November and December, it isn’t technically a FIFA window and clubs can block players from being called up for friendlies.

He is still not perfect. We will see tomorrow and on Saturday,” said Guardiola.

“He is getting better. It’s important the bone is not broken, it’s not damaged, just ligament damage a little. It’s not perfect right now. In one week or 10 days anything can happen.

“If he feels good… playing for the national team is important for the players. I never avoid the players when they are going to play for the national team.”

Kalvin Phillips will be in the squad to face Chelsea as he makes his comeback from shoulder surgery, but Kyle Walker will remain absent with a groin problem.


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