Manchester City have been unlucky with injuries to key players this season. They first missed their star midfielder Kevin De Bruyne for most part of the first half of the campaign. It was followed by their goalscoring machine Erling Haaland being out of action for the last couple of months. Since early December, Haaland has been sidelined due to a foot injury. Apart from these two players, there have been other too who have regularly missed the action due to injuries.
However, Manchester City’s injury woes could be coming to an end. Kevin De Bruyne has returned from his lengthy injury layoff and is working on improving his match fitness, while Erling Haaland is also not far away from returning to action. Manager Pep Guardiola believes that the Norwegian goalscoring machine could return next mid-week for their Premier League clash against relegation battling Burnley.
When could Erling Haaland return to action?
Even though Man City are in action this weekend against Tottenham Hotspur in a FA Cup fixture, Haaland has a realistic chance of returning against Burnley next Wednesday. “In the start we thought it was a bit less, but there was a little fracture on the bone. When you have these kind of injuries, it’s between six and eight weeks out – it’s not a lot,” Guardiola, quoted on the club’s website, said ahead of their FA Cup contest against Tottenham Hotspur.
He added: “The bone needs time to close and now he’s almost at the end of eight weeks next weekend or next week. He feels good and now he needs time for the rhythm and start to get the minutes, then he will be fit. In Abu Dhabi and here in the last week to 10 last days, he didn’t feel anything which is a good sign. Coming back after two three sessions he felt a little bit of disturbance, that’s why we were cautious, but now he feels good and in three or four more days, hopefully against Burnley, he can play some minutes and after that, we will see.”
The manager then shifted his attention to Kevin De Bruyne, giving an update on his fitness. Even though De Bruyne has returned to action, Guardiola remains cautious about naming the Belgian from the start. “He is ready and he was ready at Newcastle as well, but always we have the processes to observe to play 90 minutes. Really soon he will play from the beginning. He trained really well in Abu Dhabi and after every session, the recovery in his leg is behaving well,” the manager explained.
He added: “He has to continue to work on and off the pitch. He seems good. We are stronger with Kevin and Erling, but we cannot cry and wait five months (when they are missing) – we have to move forward, and we have done that. I’m not a big fan of finding excuses. Kevin’s fresh and now, he’s back – Erling and John as well – for the second part of the season. But first we travel to London to do a good game and try to go through to the next round.”
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