Manchester City’s Erling Haaland likely out injured until end of January, says Guardiola

Due to a foot injury, Erling Haaland is unlikely to be fit to play for Manchester City against Newcastle in the Premier League on Saturday. He is probably going to be out until the end of January.

Despite missing eight matches in a row in all competitions, the Norway striker still has 14 goals to his name. Haaland hasn’t played a game since December. 6, a 1-0 loss to Aston Villa.

City manager Pep Guardiola said, “Hopefully at the end of this month he’ll be ready.” He added, “It was a little bit more than we expected in the beginning. It’s the bone. It needs time. With every injury you can do whatever you want but it’s a question of time.”

Guardiola also announced on Friday that John Stones, a defender, will not play against Newcastle due to an ankle injury. “Erling is out and John is out,” the manager stated.

The 23-year-old Haaland, who returned to training, has five goals this season in the Champions League.

Kevin De Bruyne, a playmaking midfielder, is expected to play more minutes on Saturday, maybe as a starter, as the reigning champions try to close the gap on league leaders Liverpool.

Kevin recently recovered from a hamstring injury on Sunday, coming in as a second-half substitute in City’s FA Cup victory against Huddersfield.

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