By Paul Robinson

24th Nov, 2022 | 6:00am

Man City 'absolutely delighted' by latest Erling Haaland development - Robinson

Man City manager Pep Guardiola will be “absolutely delighted” after Erling Haaland was rested by Norway during the international break, according to Paul Robinson.

The former Spurs and England number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested Haaland would have been disappointed not to add to his international goal tally though.

Haaland was struggling with an ankle ligament problem prior to the World Cup.

The 2-1 loss to Brentford on 12 November was the first time the centre-forward had started since recovering from the injury.

Norway played two friendlies last week, a 2-1 win over Ireland and a 1-1 draw with Iceland.

Haaland was omitted from the matchday squads for both fixtures.

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When asked by Football Insider if an extended rest was best for Haaland, Robinson said: “Man City will be pleased as it would have been an unnecessary risk to play him in two friendlies.

“But, from the player’s point of view it is two possible caps where he could have scored. Haaland is smashing records left right and centre in the Premier League already. I’m sure he would be keen to do that at international level as well.

“Pep Guardiola will be absolutely delighted that he has been given a good rest though. There is two ways to look at it.”

Haaland joined Man City from Borussia Dortmund in the summer.

The striker has scored a staggering 23 goals in 18 appearances across all competitions.

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