By Ben Dinnery

4th Oct, 2022 | 4:47pm

Medical insider issues 'huge' Man City claim as Erling Haaland surgery revealed

Man City were never going to let a minor surgery get in the way of signing Erling Haaland.

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

Haaland, 22, has netted 17 times in 11 appearances for City so far, including a record third hat-trick in successive home games against Man United last Sunday (2 October).

That sensational return has justified the £51million the reigning Premier League champions spent to sign the Norwegian from Borussia Dortmund in the summer.

Some naysayers had argued that the hitman’s injury record might have meant he was not suited to the robust physical demands of the Premier League.

As quoted by the Daily Mail last Friday (30 September), Pep Guardiola revealed for the first time that Haaland had “small problems after surgery in the summer.”

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And a source told Football Insider last Thursday (29 September) that City are planning his playing and training schedule in minute detail to ensure the does not suffer a repeat of the injuries that badgered him in Germany.

But Dinnery insists that Haaland’s “huge” potential means that his move to the Etihad was never in doubt.

“There were question marks raised about whether he could cope with the demands of the league,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

“That’s why City held that comprehensive medical that lasted a couple of days, correctly.

“In terms of the outlay and what they got for their money, it was a no-brainer. They were going to bring him in regardless because the potential upside was absolutely huge.

“City will be well aware of those ongoing issues and problems that he had last season.

“Pre-signing medicals aren’t a pass or fail. They are evaluations that will be sent to the decision makers to determine whether the player is worth taking a risk on for the cost.

“The reality of the situation was that he was never, ever going to be deferred based on that price. He was what City were crying out for and Pep was always going to bring him in.”

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