Man City 'myth' rubbished by medical expert after new Haaland update

By Ben Dinnery

13th May, 2022 | 9:06am

Erling Haaland: Medical expert can't believe secret Man City news from Brussels

It is a “myth” that a player simply passes or fails a medical – Man City doctors will have instead compiled a list of data and recommendations on Erling Haaland.

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

City announced on Tuesday (10 May) that they have reached an agreement in principle a deal to sign Haaland, 21, from Borussia Dortmund.

The Daily Mail reported the next day that City legend Vincent Kompany had previously helped organise a “secret medical” for the Norwegian centre-forward in Brussels.

Dinnery dispelled some misnomers about what the procedure in the Belgian capital will have entailed.

There are two types of medical,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

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“There is one which is done well in advance, which is more thorough. Then you have others that might be done on deadline day where you just do what you can in a very limited amount of time.

“I think the first thing to understand is that you don’t pass or fail a medical as such. That’s a bit of a myth. It’s more of a recommendation of notes and guidance for the club to make a decision as to whether the player is worth the risk.

“There are no set protocols that clubs will follow. They are just guided by their medical department. They will, however, have the same nucleus. They want to ascertain a player’s medical history and their availability.

“You also want to identify why there have been gaps in availability. You might be talking about musculoskeletal stability, isokinetic testing for muscle problems.

“All of those are directed at finding weak spots and things that might hamper the player further down the line.

“Clubs are also a lot more diligent around cardiac screening too. They’ll also be looking at body fat, VO2 max and maybe even have him doing some running.

“There are vast sums of money involved, so it’s a full battery of tests.”

Haaland has registered a remarkable 28 goals and eight assists in 29 appearances this season.

He will match Kevin de Bruyne as City’s top earner upon his arrival on 1 July.

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