Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has provided an update on the condition of Erling Haaland and Jeremy Doku. The pair missed City’s come-from-behind 2-1 win over Luton Town on Sunday. Doku limped off during the champions 3-all draw with Tottenham last weekend. Haaland missed yesterday’s win with a foot issue.
Speaking following his side’s win, Guardiola provided an update on the pair. When asked about Haaland he told the media: “Stress, no fracture. Please don’t ask if he broke his foot. It’s just stress. We have to take it day by day, week by week. He could be ready for Crystal Palace, hopefully, he will be ready for Saudi Arabia. He wants to be ready. During the season there are injuries, and suspensions. After Villa he could not work properly, I spoke with him yesterday and he said he feels much better. Maybe Crystal Palace he will be ready. We will see.”
Pep Guardiola also provided an update on Doku’s injury. He told the media it was a minor muscle injury: ” Muscular. It’s not a big issue like Kevin (De Bruyne). We have to think about how explosive he is, we have to be careful. Maybe in one week, two weeks he will be ready.”
Guardiola’s update comes as a positive update on the pair. Haaland and Doku have both been integral parts of the Manchester City squad this season. With the FIFA Club World Cup on the horizon, the treble winners will be hoping both can play a part in Saudi Arabia.
The European champions will be hoping to have Haaland back in action next weekend against Crystal Palace at the Etihad next weekend. Doku appears set to miss next weekend’s game. With the European champions facing Red Star Belgrade midweek and having already secured top spot in Group G of the UEFA Champions League the pair won’t be risked in what is essentially a dead rubber.