Manchester City striker Erling Haaland is set to miss his side’s UEFA Champions League game against Sevilla on Wednesday, November 2.
The Cityzens will host the Spanish outfit at the Etihad in their final European group stage encounter of the season. According to a BBC journalist Pierre-Simon, City boss Pep Guardiola provided the update on Tuesday, November 1. Peter tweeted:
Pep Guardiola confirms Erling Haaland will miss @ManCity game tomorrow.”
Manchester City’s official Twitter page has added more quotes from Guardiola in a Publish who said :
“He (Haaland) feels better compared to Saturday and Sunday. But not 100%, we don’t want to take any risks, it doesn’t make sense. Hopefully he’ll be back for Fulham.”
It should be noted that City’s game against Sevilla is dead rubber. The hosts have already secured top spot in Group G with 11 points from five matches. The Andalusians, meanwhile, are expected to finish third and enter the UEFA Europa League.
Haaland was substituted at half-time in City’s last Champions League game, a 0-0 draw against Borussia Dortmund. The Norwegian didn’t even hit the bench for their 1-0 win at Leicester City in the Premier League at the weekend.
Since his arrival in the summer, the striker has enjoyed incredible form. In 15 matches in all competitions, Haaland has scored 22 goals and provided three assists. He recorded a brace in the reverse fixture between Manchester City and Sevilla in September as Guardiola’s side won 4-0.
Who could replace Erling Haaland for Manchester City against Sevilla?
After winning their UEFA Champions League group, Manchester City could make some changes against Sevilla to keep their players fresh.
Erling Haaland’s absence through injury could see the team hand Julian Alvarez a second consecutive start. Alvarez played 77 minutes against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium before being replaced by Phil Foden.
The Argentine striker has made 15 appearances in all competitions for City this season but has started just five times. He has scored three goals, most recently coming in their 5-0 thrashing of FC Copenhagen in the Champions League in October.
After their game against Sevilla, Manchester City will face Fulham at the Etihad in the Premier League on Saturday, November 5. The Cottagers are currently seventh in the league table with 19 points from seven games and are just five points behind Newcastle United in fourth place.