Manchester City striker Erling Haaland will miss Norway’s European Championship qualifying game against Scotland on Sunday with what the national team’s doctor described as a painful foot injury.
Haaland was hurt when playing in Norway’s 2-0 win over the Faeroe Islands in a friendly on Thursday.
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Team doctor Ola Sand said the foot injury had left Haaland in pain and with restricted movement.
Haaland was able to see the final whistle for Norway, but national team doctor Ola Sand told TV2 afterwards of the problem picked up by the 23-year-old superstar: “It was much of the same that happened against Bournemouth a week and a half ago. He has had it before too. He gets a slight twist in his ankle, where he is a bit vulnerable. It hurts a lot right away, and then it goes away pretty quickly. Then we’ll see tomorrow how he is then. Now he will receive some treatment, then there will be peace and rest and then we will see how he is tomorrow morning.
”We have already spoken to City. Erling has spoken to both City and [chief doctor] Mario [Pafundi] already.”
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Sunday’s game in Glasgow won’t affect either team’s qualifying chances. Scotland has already qualified for next year’s European Championship in Germany and Norway is third in the group and can’t qualify automatically, though it still has a chance of reaching the playoffs.
The injury had initially been described as a possible recurrence of an earlier ankle injury. Haaland came off with an ankle injury in the 6-1 win over Bournemouth in the Premier League on Nov. 4. He started in City’s next game three days later.
City, the leader, plays second-place Liverpool when the Premier League returns on Nov. 25. Haaland has 13 goals in 12 Premier League games for City this season.