(Reuters) – Manchester City forward Erling Haaland will miss Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Sevilla as a precaution after the Norwegian missed Saturday’s 1-0 Premier League defeat at Leicester City due to injury, manager Pep Guardiola said.
Haaland, who has scored 22 goals in all competitions this season, was substituted in the second half of the goalless Champions League draw against his former team Borussia Dortmund last Tuesday after picking up a knock.
Guardiola said he would not take any chances with his top scorer when they host Sevilla in Europe’s top-flight club competition as they have already qualified for the knockout stages.
“I don’t know,” Guardiola told the BBC when asked about Haaland’s possible return date. “He has ligament damage. He’s feeling better, we’ve got another week.
“He won’t play against Sevilla because we’ve already qualified and hopefully against Fulham (on Saturday) he can help us. If not, he can play against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup (November 9).”
City lacked the edge in the first half against Leicester, but Kevin De Bruyne’s superb free-kick sealed victory and the champions returned to the top of the Premier League table.
(Reporting by Srivatsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Edmund Claman)