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Man City: Guardiola admits Haaland doubt ahead of Leicester clash

Pep Guardiola and Erling Haaland at Man City
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The Norway international suffered an injury during his side’s draw against Borussia Dortmund in midweek.

Pep Guardiola admits he’s not sure whether Erling Haaland will be available for Manchester City’s upcoming match against Leicester City.

Haaland had to leave the pitch after playing the first half of his side’s goalless draw against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.

Initial assessments showed the injury wasn’t serious. However, Guardiola says Haaland’s involvement in City’s next game is unclear.

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“He feels better but we will train this afternoon [Friday] and we will assess in a few hours,” he told a pre-match press conference ahead of the Leicester game.

“We will see how he is feeling and then we will decide.”

Haaland has scored 17 goals in his 11 Premier League appearances for the Citizens this season. 

The Norwegian star’s incredible stats make him an irreplaceable part of City’s attacking line. But Guardiola already knows his next choice for the number nine spot.

“If Haaland doesn’t play, then Alvarez is the natural first option to replace him. I don’t judge Julian on how many goals he has scored,” added Guardiola.

“Play 90 minutes every game and he will score goals, maybe not like Erling, but he will score goals.”