Erling Haaland remains a bit of an injury doubt for Manchester City’s fixture versus Brentford FC this Saturday. He is currently dealing with some ankle issues, as manager Pep Guardiola admitted this week that the Norwegian is still not 100% fit.
He was fit enough to make the bench (where he went unused) tonight though in City’s 2-0 League Cup win over Chelsea.
Manchester City vs Brentford FYIs
Kick-off time: Saturday 12th, November 12.30 PM, Etihad Stadium, Manchester
Form Guide: Manchester City WWWLW Brentford DDLDW
Manchester Starting XI Prediction: go here
Google Result Probability: Man City 86% Brentford 4% Draw 10%
After this match, Haaland will have six weeks off during the World Cup, as Norway failed to qualify.
So risk him, knowing a long break is coming? Or don’t risk him, and just get to that period which will serve as a second off-season/preseason?
Hmmmmm. There is no right or wrong answer.
City only have two confirmed absentees- Joao Cancelo is suspended and Kyle Walker remains injured. Guardiola said he did not know whether or not Walker will be fit enough to make the England World Cup squad. Ditto for Kalvin Phillips.
But one should expect the midfielder to gain some valuable minutes here in order to rebuild his fitness ahead of the quadrennial tournament.
We’re guessing that both will be named to Gareth Southgate’s squad when it is announced tomorrow. (By the way, in case you missed it, City was named the second biggest football brand in the world earlier this week)
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