By Paul Robinson

19th Nov, 2022 | 4:53pm

Robinson issues 'perfect' Man City verdict as Erling Haaland plan revealed

Paul Robinson has claimed the World Cup break has come at the “perfect time” for Man City striker Erling Haaland.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Spurs and England number one suspects the 22-year-old was “carrying a little bit of an injury” against Brentford.

Haaland was not at his devastating best last Saturday (12 November) when City slipped to a 2-1 defeat to Brentford at the Etihad.

It was the first time the Norway international had started since recovering from ankle ligament damage at the end of October.

The prolific goalscorer is one of the big names absent from the World Cup.

According to the Daily Mail (11 November), Haaland will enjoy three weeks away from Man City during the break.

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When asked by Football Insider if the break has come at the right time for Haaland, Robinson said: “Haaland was poor against Brentford.

“That is the first time I have said that this season. But, he had very little touches or influence on the game.

“Maybe he was still carrying a little bit of an injury. You can understand why Pep played him because with the World Cup coming up, there is plenty of time for him to get back to full fitness.

“In that sense, the break has come for Haaland at the perfect time. He will get a rest and he will be fully fit when we return for the second half of the season.

“If Haaland is fully fit for the remainder of the season I have no doubt that Man City will win the league. Haaland will score a bagful.”

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