Erling Haaland injury: Norway issue update as striker returns early to Man City | Football

Erling Haaland injured his ankle in Norway’s win against the Faroe Islands on Thursday (AFP via Getty)

Erling Haaland is returning to Manchester City early due to the ankle injury he suffered with Norway.

Haaland came off the bench at half time in Norway’s 2-0 win over the Faroe Islands on Thursday evening but was forced off in the closing stages with an injury to his left ankle.

Norway are due to play Scotland in their final Euro 2024 qualifier on Sunday evening but Haaland has now been ruled out of the match.

‘The injury is not serious, but he is in so much pain and somewhat restricted function that the Scotland game unfortunately comes a little too early,’ Norway’s team doctor Ola Sand said on Saturday.

Norway head coach Stale Solbakken said: ‘It is of course a shame that Erling will not be ready for the match on Sunday, but we will not be bringing in a replacement. This is a great opportunity for the offensive players in the squad to show off.’

Norway's forward Erling Haaland lies on the pitch during the football friendly match between Norway and Faroe Islands in Oslo, Norway

Norway’s team doctor insists Erling Haaland’s ‘not serious’ (AFP via Getty)

Haaland will now be aiming to be fit for Manchester City’s next Premier League fixture, which is against Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium next Saturday.

The 23-year-old has scored 17 goals in 18 appearances for Pep Guardiola’s side this season.

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