Man City boss Pep Guardiola issues major Erling Haaland injury update v Newcastle United

Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne are not expected to return to the starting line-up against Newcastle United.Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne are not expected to return to the starting line-up against Newcastle United.
Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne are not expected to return to the starting line-up against Newcastle United. | AFP via Getty Images
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has issued an update on Erling Haaland ahead of the Premier League trip to Newcastle United.

Manchester City will be without top scorer Erling Haaland for Saturday evening's Premier League against Newcastle United (kick-off 5:30pm).

The 19-goal striker has been sidelined for just over a month because of a foot injury. Haaland was thought to have an 'outside chance' of appearing at St James' Park but Pep Guardiola has ruled the Norwegian out.

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Guardiola, speaking at his pre-match press conference, said: "Jack [Grealish] has been sick. Hopefully today he’s back. Erling [Haaland] is out and John [Stones] is out. I think that's everything."

Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne are not expected to return to the starting line-up against Newcastle United.Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne are not expected to return to the starting line-up against Newcastle United.
Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne are not expected to return to the starting line-up against Newcastle United. | AFP via Getty Images

John Stones won't feature as his injury-hit campaign continues. The England international picked up a foot injury at Everton last month and should miss the rest of January.

Manuel Akanji, Bernardo Silva and Newcastle-linked Kalvin Phillips missed the last week's 5-0 FA Cup win over Huddersfield but should return to the matchday squad.

Guardiola will be boosted by the return of Kevin De Bruyne following five months out with a hamstring injury. The 32-year-old was introduced as a 57th minute substitute against the Terries and he expects that to be the case versus Newcastle too.

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“I’m happy to be back and I felt good so I’m pleased about that but I’m still nowhere near where I need to be,” De Bruyne told reporters after the game.

“There will be moments where I want to play every game but I know in the back of my mind I need to take care of myself. I don’t expect to be playing too many games and Newcastle next week is a big game so I’ll expect to be back on the bench.”

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