Tuesday, 21 March 2023, 13:50
Erling Haaland, one of football's most in-form players at present, has been ruled out of the Spain-Norway clash at La Rosaleda this Saturday.
The Norwegian striker, who has 42 goals for Manchester City from 37 appearances so far this season, is still feeling the effects of a groin injury picked up in last weekend's FA Cup match against Burnley.
This means Haaland will miss this first round of Group A qualifying games for next year's European Championships, including this Saturday's against Spain - the first for Luis de la Fuente as new head coach.
Haaland's absence should make Spain's task a lot easier. Having scored eight goals in his last two games (five against RB Leipzig and a hat-trick against Burnley), the forward has been in unstoppable form.
His place in Norway starting line-up is likely to be filled by Real Sociedad's Alexander Sørloth. Arsenal midfielder Martin Ødegaard, formerly of Real Madrid, is also likely to start.
Saturday's game at La Rosaleda is a sell-out and kicks off at 8.45pm.
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