Manchester City striker Erling Haaland is ‘touch and go’ for next weekend’s crucial Premier League showdown with Liverpool after his father provided a cautious medical bulletin.
Haaland is receiving treatment for a groin injury and – according to Alfie Haaland – will struggle to train before City’s next fixture.
“Firstly, I’m not a doctor and secondly, I think it’s ‘touch and go’, yes. You can’t just go two weeks without training and then jump right into a fight,” Haaland told Norway’s TV 2 Sport.
“There must be a progression there. They can gamble on it, but if he doesn’t get proper training with the team, then he won’t play. It is about how he responds to treatment in the next few days.
“He needs a lot of care and ‘knuckling’. There are many sprints and there is a lot to move.”
City face a daunting run of fixtures as they embark on their latest treble bid, seeking to keep the pace with Arsenal in the title race while facing Bayern Munich in the Champions League and an FA Cup semi-final with Sheffield United.
Their 22-year-old striker pulled out of international duty with Norway this week, ahead of the Euro 2024 qualifiers against Spain and Georgia having suffered an issue in the 6-0 win over Burnley. He scored a hat-trick in the FA Cup quarter-final days after netting five times against RB Leipzig in the Champions League.
Haaland snr visited his son in Barcelona where the youngster was assessed by Manchester City’s world-renowned doctor of choice, Ramón Cugat, at the Quirónsalud hospital.
Cugat has enjoyed a close relationship with City due to his friendship with Pep Guardiola, City players often seeking the Spanish surgeon’s help and advice. The striker has since headed to Marbella for further recovery.
“Manchester City has a partnership with a hospital in Barcelona. He has been there for further checks and treatment,” he said.
“Now, he has been here (in Marbella) for a couple of days with the physio from the club. So he gets good follow-up (following injury).”