Insider: 'Man City are powerless' as Erling Haaland 'suspension' mooted after major reveal
Erling Haaland could be suspended for Man City if they refuse to let him play for Norway but it is unlikely to happen.
That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis, speaking exclusively to Football Insider.
As quoted by the Manchester Evening News earlier this week (8 November), Pep Guardiola confirmed that Haaland was still struggling with ligament damage in his foot.
He insisted the 22-year-old will feature for Norway in their upcoming friendlies with the Republic of Ireland (17 November) and Finland (20 November) if he is fit and able.
“The reality of the situation is that if Norway wanted to call Erling Haaland into the squad and wanted him to be a part of that, Pep and Man City would have no say in that,” Dinnery told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.
“It’s not even a decision to make because otherwise you might be facing sanctions from Fifa and he could be suspended from domestic football.
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“With the relationship between the club and national team, it’s not a can of worms you want to open and I can’t foresee that.
“With these non-competitive friendlies is not in the interest of Norway or Man City to hold the player back or risk him in the short-term or long-term.
“There will be bigger fish to fry down the line when you come to those qualifiers.
“A lot of these discussions will be player led, how does he feel? Does he want to be involved?
“They have to look at the risk v reward. He is improving. Who is to say he’s not perfectly fit and healthy when the games come around and they are a perfect opportunity for him to get a little bit of sharpness in his legs ahead of the resumption of the Premier League?”