Manchester City: Haaland’s father discloses trip Barcelona hospital

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Prior to two crucial 2024 European Championship qualifying games against Spain and Georgia, the Manchester City player was recently called up for international duty with Norway this week.

Erling Haaland forced to leave the camp, according to a statement made earlier this week. Due to a groin injury he suffered in Manchester City’s 6-0 victory against Burnley in the FA Cup quarterfinals. That was his second straight game with a hat-trick.

In the official news announcement accompanying Haaland’s withdrawal, the national team physician for Norway stated, “We hoped that this was just a familiarity that would carry over to Saturday, but after doing tests and examinations yesterday it became clear that he will not make it to the games against Spain and Georgia. It is better that he receives medical follow-up at the club.”

Erling Haaland’s father, Alfie, has now confirmed in an exclusive interview with Norwegian media source TV 2 Sport. The City striker has subsequently visited the club’s partner hospital in Barcelona for additional evaluations on his groyne injury.

“Manchester City has a partnership with a hospital in Barcelona. He has been there for further checks and treatment,” confirmed Alfie Haaland. “Now, he has been here (in Marbella) for a couple of days with the physio from the club. So he gets good follow-up (following injury).”

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Alfie Haaland thinks that Erling’s readiness for the match against Jurgen Klopp’s team is “touch and go” at this point because it is unclear how much training he will be able to complete before April 1.

“Firstly, I’m not a doctor and secondly, I think it’s ‘touch and go’, yes. You can’t just go two weeks without training and then jump right into a fight,” admitted Alfie Haaland to TV 2 Sport this week.

“There must be a progression there. They can gamble on it, but if he doesn’t get proper training with the team, then he won’t play… It is about how he responds to treatment in the next few days.”

“He needs a lot of care and ‘knuckling’. There are many sprints and there is a lot to move.”

Given the importance of the games they have ahead of them in three different competitions over the month of April, City will be hoping that Haaland can get back to 100% fitness as soon as possible.

The Emirates FA Cup and Champions League continue to take precedence over Manchester City’s chase of Premier League leaders Arsenal next month, despite their matches against teams like Liverpool and Mikel Arteta’s team.

Later this month, City will travel to Wembley to meet Championship team Sheffield United in the FA Cup semifinals, while Joao Cancelo and Bayern Munich will be waiting for Pep Guardiola and his team in the Champions League quarterfinals.

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