Man City to eye on January striker signing if Erling Haaland injury worsens

Erling Haaland is recovering from the injury he had after the Aston Villa game.

Manchester City may focus into the January transfer window to recruit a new striker if Erling Haaland’s foot injury worsens. Haaland faced injury ahead of the win over Luton Town last weekend.

Pep Guardiola confirmed that Haaland was forced to miss the previous game due to a “bone stress reaction” in his foot. He also admitted that Haaland has not sustained a fracture to his foot. However, the Norway International needs to be assessed.

The 23-year-old is expected to miss City’s Champions League game against Red Star Belgrade in Serbia. He can make his return for the Club World Cup semi-final in Saudi Arabia on December 19.

Guardiola spoke to reporters after the game against Luton, “The day after (1-0 defeat at Aston Villa), (Haaland) could hardly walk properly. Yesterday I spoke with him and he said he was feeling much, much better, that he could walk without pain.

“The doctor says we have to see day-by-day, week-by-week how it will get better. Maybe he will be ready for Crystal Palace, I don’t think so but we will see.”

According to Football Insider, Man City will focus on signing a new striker in January after the injury concern. The report confirms that the Cityzens can plan a striker move if they need.

Pep Guardiola is in no hurry to finalise any deals in the mid-season transfer window. Haaland is their main player and they will even try to extend his contract so clubs like Real Madrid don’t make any summer plans.

Haaland joined Man City in the summer of 2022 and scored 71 goals in 75 appearances across all competitions. The 23-year-old has missed four Premier League games and has scored 50 goals in as many top-flight games.

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