Haaland’s Injury Woes Continue
Manchester City’s striking sensation Erling Haaland is set to miss the remainder of the year due to a persistent foot injury. Despite making a return to training, the Norwegian powerhouse will not be featuring in City’s concluding fixture of 2023 against Sheffield United, who are currently languishing at the bottom of the table.
Club World Cup Absence and Recovery Hopes
Haaland’s absence has been felt by City fans, with the star forward out of action since a stress issue in his foot arose during a 1-0 loss to Aston Villa three weeks ago. Although he accompanied the team to Saudi Arabia for the Club World Cup, a lesser-known FIFA regulation prevented him from participating, leaving him sidelined as his teammates lifted the trophy.
Guardiola’s Update on Haaland
Before City’s recent comeback victory over Everton, manager Pep Guardiola provided an insight into Haaland’s condition on Amazon Prime. “He feels better with his bone [in his foot] but he hasn’t had one training session with us,” Guardiola explained. With a jam-packed December schedule, Guardiola is hopeful for Haaland’s return in the less congested January fixtures. In a subsequent update, Guardiola confirmed that the situation remained unchanged, with Haaland still out, joined by an injured John Stones.
Sheffield Clash Without Haaland
The upcoming Premier League encounter against Sheffield United is scheduled for Saturday, December 30, with a 3pm kick-off at the Etihad Stadium. However, fans won’t be able to watch the match live on television in the UK due to the enforcement of the 3pm blackout rule.
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