By Ben Dinnery

19th May, 2022 | 4:00pm

Medical expert rubbishes Man City 'media narrative' as Erling Haaland injury fears revealed

The “media narrative” that Man City have signed an injury-prone player in Erling Haaland is nonsense.

That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine data analysis.

City confirmed the blockbuster capture of Haaland, 21, from Borussia Dortmund last Tuesday (10 May).

The Norweigan phenom missed 16 games to three separate muscular injuries this season.

As quoted by iNews on Monday (16 May), Haaland claimed: “My biggest wish for the rest of my career is not to be injured.”

But Dinnery claims that the striker is not particularly susceptible to injuries and has no reason to fear further setbacks.

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“My concern is that there appears to be a media narrative questioning Haaland and his injury record,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

“The worry is that if he suffers even a small setback in his City career while his still acclimatising, the pressure from the press is going to ramp up.

“Does he then become labelled a player who is injury prone? That would be doing him a disservice.

“I always look at availability rates. They are always a good indicator of what a player can bring going forward. He has had around 71 per cent availability this season and the season before that it was 82 per cent.

“There are no guarantees, of course. But it can work the other way. You can have an exemplary record and then begin to struggle with injuries.

“Would you like to see him play more matches? Probably, yes. But it is a cause for concern? Absolutely not.”

Haaland scored in Dortmund’s 2-1 win over Hertha Berlin last Saturday (14 May), his final game for the club.

He finished his time in Germany with a sensational tally of 86 goals and 23 assists in 89 appearances

In other news, Gabby Agbonlahor claims Man City are victims of “corrupt” UEFA after “very strange” development.