By Kevin Campbell

3rd Nov, 2022 | 3:00pm

Man City have Erling Haaland 'problem' after latest injury update - Campbell

Erling Haaland’s absence poses a “problem” for Man City, according to Kevin Campbell.

The former Arsenal and Everton striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested Pep Guardiola’s side have become somewhat reliant on playing with a recognised number nine.

Haaland has been sidelined with an ankle injury since the goalless draw with Borussia Dortmund on 25 October.

The Premier League champions have beaten Leicester City 1-0 and Sevilla 3-1 in the Norway international’s absence.

Speaking to club media (1 November), Guardiola revealed Haaland is in contention to return against Fulham on Saturday.

When asked by Football Insider if City have coped well in Haaland’s absence, Campbell said: “City have played without a number nine for the past couple of seasons.

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“They were playing with a false nine. They got set into that way of breaking teams down.

“Then Haaland came in. He is a killer. He does not need to get involved, stays on the shoulder of centre-backs and finishes. They have not had that since [Sergio] Aguero. All of a sudden, the thinking of the team changes. They have adapted to Haaland.

“The problem is, when you take Haaland out they are not longer as good in that false nine system.

“The approach play against Leicester was good but they really struggled to test Danny Ward. It took a world-class free-kick from Kevin De Bruyne to win it.”

In other news, a source has revealed Man City have set sights on beating Liverpool to forward signing as deal agreed this month.