As Manchester City prepare to face Burnley at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening in a crucial Premier League fixture there is a question that hangs over the game. Could we finally see the return of Manchester City’s goal-scoring phenomenon Erling Haaland?
The European champion’s leading scorer this season hasn’t played since their 1-nil loss to Aston Villa in early December. City’s goal-scoring phenomenon has missed their last 10 games with a foot injury. Pep Guardiola told the media before his team’s FA Cup win over Tottenham that Haaland could feature against Burnley. The City manager said that Haaland could feature against Vincent Kompany’s side. He told the media: “Coming back after two three sessions he felt a little bit of disturbance. That’s why we were cautious. But now he feels good and in three or four more days, hopefully against Burnley, he can play some minutes and after that, we will see.”
In images shared on the Manchester City X account their goal-scoring phenomenon appears close to a return. The striker was pictured training alongside his teammates as he ramps up his recovery from a foot injury.
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Manchester City will need Erling Haaland as they bid to defend the treble. He is their top scorer in all competitions with 19 goals so far this season. But it’s his ability to score out of nowhere that could be a vital ingredient for Pep Guardiola’s side. With a busy February on the horizon, the Norwegian striker could be a massive inclusion for the treble winners.
The world champions have won 7 consecutive games in all competitions without Haaland. But the return of their goal-scoring phenomenon could be a massive boost for what lies ahead this season.