Pep Guardiola claims Erling Haaland is still not 100 per cent fit

‘He’s not perfect still’: Pep Guardiola claims Erling Haaland is still not 100% fit – despite coming on to rescue Man City in their late win over Fulham – and says the striker will go away with Norway for their friendlies if he ‘feels good’

  • Erling Haaland had been struggling with some injury issues ahead of weekend
  • Pep Guardiola said that he is not perfect yet – despite playing against Fulham
  • Norwegian injured his foot in a draw with Borussia Dortmund a few weeks ago

Pep Guardiola has said that Erling Haaland remains a little way off full fitness as he admitted he does not yet know whether or not the Norwegian will take the field against Chelsea on Wednesday evening.

Haaland injured his foot in a draw away at Borussia Dortmund towards the end of last month and missed two matches – one in the Premier League and one in Europe – before returning against Fulham on the weekend.

The Norwegian came off the bench to score a last-gasp penalty that saved Guardiola’s side and briefly sent them top of the league. 

Erling Haaland came off the bench to score for Manchester City on Saturday but Pep Guardiola admitted his star striker is not yet 100 per cent ready

Speaking ahead of the visit of Graham Potter’s Chelsea side on Wednesday, Guardiola offered assurances that Haaland was re-building his fitness after a short lay-off and said that he could still go away with Norway next week for their friendlies against Ireland and Finland. 

‘He’s not perfect still. We’ll see tomorrow. Important is the bone is not broken,’ he said. 

‘Just ligament damage a little bit. Not perfect right now. A week, ten days, [we will] see what happens. If he feels good, he plays [for] Norway, it is so important for the players.’

The Norwegian injured his foot in a Champions League tie with Borussia Dortmund last month

Asked whether or not Haaland could play on Wednesday, Guardiola responded that he did not yet know and they will find out more on Tuesday afternoon. 

Meanwhile, the Catalan – in the context of City’s impressive financial results released on Monday – was asked whether the club might look to bolster their ranks this January window. 

Seeming to have little patience with the question, Guardiola said: ‘We’re not going to sign anyone in January. We have the squad.’

It was reported on Monday that Fenway Sports Group – who have owned Liverpool for 12 years – planned to put the club on the market

In the midst of City announcing their record-breaking revenues, it was reported that Liverpool’s owners, the Fenway Sports Group (FSG), planned to put the club on the market. 

Asked about that, Guardiola said he did not want to talk about other clubs. 

‘I’m not the right person to ask, or the right person to answer. I cannot answer, I’m not involved, I’m not the CEO. I try to manage. I’m not going to talk about other clubs,’ he said. 

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