By Ben Dinnery

20th Nov, 2022 | 4:15pm

Medical Insider verdict on extended Erling Haaland injury after latest Man City twist

Erling Haaland shout be fit and firing for Man City when the Premier League resumes after Christmas.

That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis, speaking exclusively to Football Insider

Haaland has been nursing a foot injury in recent weeks and missed both of Norway’s recent friendly fixtures as a result.

As quoted by the Manchester Evening News last month (24 October), Pep Guardiola revealed the 22-year-old will spend part of the World Cup break in Marbella and his native country before returning to training.

“We’re talking about five to six weeks down the line and from what we know with his timeline and how he is progressing, he’s improving week on week,” Dinnery told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“It’s about the management of that injury. It’s not a bone injury, it’s a little issue with his ligament which is impacting his availability in terms of time on the training pitch.

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“If he had featured against Finland and he would have had the opportunity to have seven to 10 days off for rest and recovery before returning to Man City for first-team training.

“It’s nothing I would be overly concerned about.

“It’s just been about managing Haaland, getting him through this period and contributing as much as he can, which he did with his goal against Fulham.

“Come the festive fixture programme, I fully expect Haaland to be back and firing on all cylinders.”

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