The Norwegian FA have confirmed that Erling Haaland has been sent back to Manchester City after doctors found he was carrying a groin injury.
Haaland played 63 minutes of City’s 6-0 victory over Burnley in the FA Cup, long enough to score a hat-trick, but complained of pain in the area after the game.
He left to link up with Norway soon after but the Scandinavian side have now confirmed Haaland has been sent back to Manchester for further treatment.
“Erling Braut Haaland had some pain in his groin after the match against Burnley,” a statement read.
Haaland thus travels home from the national team meeting.”
Any injury to Haaland is an obvious concern for City fans, not least because of his tricky fitness record.
While the striker has been relatively fortunate during his time in England, missing just two games with a foot injury before the World Cup, Haaland had numerous issues with former employers Borussia Dortmund.
Between May 2020 and March 2022, Haaland suffered eight different injuries, missing a total of 28 games in all competitions.
There has been no formal diagnosis of Haaland’s injury, so as of yet, it is unclear just how long he will be out of action.
Haaland’s last groin injury saw him miss six games across 42 days between January and March 2022.
With a two-week break for the international window, Haaland has plenty of time to recover but fans will still be sweating over his eventual return date.