Haaland, the sanction falls


By: Manu Tournoux

Victim of a stress fracture in one foot, Erling Haaland will not play in the 2023 Club World Cup with Manchester City. He is not registered in Pep Guardiola’s squad.

After Manchester City’s historic Premier League-FA Cup-Champions League treble last spring, Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland will not win the 2023 Club World Cup. The Belgian leader and the Norwegian striker are not part of the group by Pep Guardiola for this competition organized in Saudi Arabia, with a semi-final against Urawa this Tuesday (kick-off at 7 p.m., live on the website of The Team).

If “KDB” has been absent for a long time (seriously injured in a thigh, he has just returned to training), Haaland has been suffering from a stress fracture in one foot for two weeks. The injury is benign (it is a crack in a bone), but the Catalan coach is doing what he can to not give any precise information. The 23-year-old left-hander misses a fourth match in a row, with a chance to resume in a week against Everton in the Premier League.

Faced with the Japanese winner of the Asian Champions League (Hiroki Sakai plays at Urawa Red Diamonds), Guardiola left Julian Alvarez on the bench, to associate Bernardo Silva, Matheus Nunes, Phil Foden and Jack Grealish in the attacking sector.

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