Erling Haaland ruled out of Man City's clash with Leicester
Erling Haaland MISSES OUT on Man City’s trip to Leicester due to a ‘knock’… as Brendan Rodgers jokes he’s been ‘knee-sliding around the kitchen’ now that his side won’t have to face the ‘amazing’ striker
- Erling Haaland came off due to feeling unwell against Borussia Dortmund
- He has not recovered in time to play in Man City’s game against Leicester
- Pep Guardiola has named Julian Alvarez in his starting XI to replace Haaland
- Brendan Rodgers has joked that he’s been celebrating Haaland missing out
Erling Haaland has missed out on Manchester City’s matchday squad for their match against Leicester at the King Power Stadium.
The Norwegian striker has been in stunning form this season, scoring 17 goals in 11 league games, but he has been ruled out after suffering a knock during City’s Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.
Pep Guardiola had admitted Haaland was a doubt for Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off during his pre-match press conference due to the minor injury and struggling with a fever, and the 22-year-old has failed to recover in time.
Erling Haaland has not been named in Man City’s matchday squad for their game at Leicester
Pep Guardiola has revealed the striker will not play as he is struggling with a ‘knock’
Guardiola explained Haaland’s absence ahead of kick-off to BT Sport, saying: ‘He recovered from the fever, from being tired, but not the knock.’
Reacting to the news, Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers admitted he was delighted that his side would not have to face the free-scoring forward.
Asked whether he was happy at Haaland missing out, Rodgers told BT Sport: ‘Of course. I’ve got holes in my knees sliding around the kitchen!
‘He’s an amazing player. For us in the Premier League to see a world class talent is great, but they’ve still got top players to come in.’
Prior to Haaland’s arrival, City played most of their games last season with a ‘false nine’ in place. Former City defender Joleon Lescott expected the defending champions to revert to this system, with Julian Alvarez coming in to lead the line.
Brendan Rodgers joked he’s been ‘knee-sliding around his kitchen’ now Haaland isn’t playing
‘I think they will return to their old style, the variation of crosses will change,’ Lescott said on BT Sport.
Fellow pundit Rio Ferdinand agreed, and backed City to cope without the Premier League’s top scorer.
‘He (Alvarez) has the ability to play that false nine and come deep but his main threat is going through the middle.
‘This team are so fluid that the individual doesn’t really impact the team that much. Players come out and come in and it works like clockwork,’ Ferdinand added.
Alvarez has found his game time limited this season due to Haaland’s presence in the team, but Joe Cole labelled Saturday’s match as a ‘big game’ for the Argentine to prove that he should be playing more when Haaland returns.
‘I think it’s going to be like for like. Alvarez will try and come in and occupy a bit more. It’s a big game for Alvarez,’ Cole said.
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