Manchester City received a significant boost as manager Pep Guardiola announced the availability of Erling Haaland, who is set to make his comeback after nearly two months on the sidelines due to a foot injury. The Norwegian striker is expected to feature in City’s upcoming English Premier League clash against Burnley at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.
Guardiola, while confirming Haaland’s return, did not disclose whether the prolific striker would start the match. “For the first time, he is back. Two months out is a long time, but he feels good…apparently tomorrow he will be with all of us,” Guardiola stated.
Haaland, 23, last played for City on December 6th in a game against Aston Villa, and since then, he has been dealing with stress on the bone of his foot. The return of the top scorer from the previous league season is expected to add firepower to City’s attacking lineup.
Guardiola also provided insights into the management of Kevin De Bruyne’s playing time after the playmaker’s return from a long-term hamstring injury that required surgery. While De Bruyne has made three consecutive appearances as a substitute, Guardiola hinted that Haaland might not need such careful easing back into the team.
As City aims to maintain their position in the Premier League standings, the return of Erling Haaland brings renewed optimism for fans and a potential headache for opposing defenders. The manager’s decision on whether to start Haaland or introduce him gradually will be closely watched by football enthusiasts eager to witness the impact of the dynamic striker’s return to the pitch.