Manchester City’s Erling Haaland and Manchester United’s Andre Onana faced setbacks in their recent national team outings, casting doubts on their immediate availability for club games.
Haaland, Norway’s star striker, sustained a foot injury during a friendly against the Faroe Islands, ruling him out of the European Championship qualifier versus Scotland. Norway’s team doctor, Ola Sand, clarified that while the injury isn’t severe, it hinders Haaland from playing against Scotland. Despite Norway’s slim chances of qualification, missing Haaland, their top scorer, is a blow for coach Stale Solbakken’s squad.
Solbakken expressed disappointment but opted against calling in a replacement, viewing it as an opportunity for other attacking players. Meanwhile, Haaland’s absence not only affects Norway but also worries Manchester City ahead of their clash with Liverpool.
Simultaneously, Manchester United’s goalkeeper, Andre Onana, suffered a suspected adductor injury during Cameroon’s World Cup qualifier against Mauritius. Leaving the pitch in the dying minutes of the game, Onana’s condition post-game remained uncertain. There was no official update on his status, leaving doubts about his availability for their upcoming clash in Libya.
Both injuries have sparked concerns not just for their respective national teams but also for their clubs, setting an uncertain tone for their return to action.