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Injured Haaland to miss two Norway World Cup qualifiers

By AFP
04 October 2021   |   1:44 pm
Erling Braut Haaland said on Monday he will miss Norway's upcoming World Cup qualifiers with a leg injury suffered while with his club Borussia Dortmund.

Dortmund’s Norwegian forward Erling Braut Haaland celebrates on the pitch before being awarded with the trophy for the best champions League’ striker of the last season prior the UEFA Champions League Group C football match between BVB Borussia Dortmund and Sporting CP in Dortmund, western Germany, on September 28, 2021. (Photo by Ina Fassbender / AFP)

Erling Braut Haaland said on Monday he will miss Norway’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers with a leg injury suffered while with his club Borussia Dortmund.

The 21-year-old striker has missed the German side’s past three games with the issue and will also be sidelined for international fixtures at Turkey on Friday and in Montenegro on Monday.

“Hi folks, sorry for not being able to be ready for the national matches. I was looking forward to it. Anyway, good luck to Norway,” Haaland tweeted.

Norway’s team doctor Ola Sand said Haaland’s withdrawal was a precautionary measure.

“The injury seems to have decreased but its evolution was too slow, unfortunately,” he said in a Norwegian football federation statement.

“There are also risks of complications if he returns too quickly.”

Norway, who are second behind the Netherlands on goal difference in their qualifying group for the 2022 World Cup, will also be without forwards Alexander Sorloth and Joshua King.

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