Erling Haaland has been ruled out of a Euro 2024 qualifier for Norway just days before his Manchester City side face Liverpool in a key Premier League fixture.
Haaland came on at half-time in a 2-0 win over the Faroes Islands on Thursday and though he completed the game, Norway team doctor Ola Sand said he had sustained a “little twist in his ankle”.
Sand gave a further update on Saturday, ruling Haaland out of Sunday’s qualifier against Scotland because the injury, while “not serious”, had left him in “so much pain”.
A Norway statement read: “Erling Braut Haaland, in consultation with the medical officer Ola Sand and national team manager Stale Solbakken, has come to the conclusion that he has to miss the European Championship qualifier against Scotland. Haaland hit his foot during the match against the Faroe Islands on Thursday and is therefore not eligible to play in Glasgow.
“The injury is not serious, but he is in so much pain and (has) somewhat restricted function that the Scotland game unfortunately comes a little too early, says national team doctor Ola Sand.”
Haaland came off at half-time during City’s 6-1 win over Bournemouth at the start of the month, but played against Young Boys in the Champions League three days later, scoring two goals. He scored another double in a 4-4 draw against Chelsea before the international break.
City host Liverpool at the Etihad when the Premier League returns on November 25, with just a point separating the sides.
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