Manchester Evening News

Haa had fractured bone in foot – Pep

- By TYRONE MARSHALL

PEP Guardiola has revealed for the first time that Erling Haaland fractured a bone in his foot as he played down fears the striker could suffer a recurrence of the injury issues that dented his time at Borussia Dortmund.

The striker is back in full training with City and is in line to make his return to action against Burnley on Wednesday, at which point it will be around eight weeks since he picked up the foot injury.

Guardiola has now said the injury did turn out to be a fracture that has taken time to heal.

But the City boss is confident the nature of the problem means it can be considered a one-off.

“It was a bone. We thought it was a bit less but in the end it was a little bit of a fracture of the bone and the bone is not a muscular issue that you can do a little bit (of work) and come back,” he said.

“When you have this injury it’s a question of time, people say six to eight weeks, it is six to eight weeks. It is not about how much you work or whether you go to Abu Dhabi or not.

“The bone needs time to close, to make his procedure and now it’s at the end, it will be eight weeks now, almost two months this or next weekend, in the process he feels good and now he needs time to take the rhythm and start to give him minutes when he will be fit.”

Kevin De Bruyne is now ready to start games after hamstring surgery and could do so at Tottenham tonight.

“He’s ready. He was ready against Newcastle as well.

“But we always have a process, which is the same with Erling when he comes back,” said Guardiola.

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