Erling Haaland injury: Pep Guardiola issues update ahead of Man City vs Chelsea | Football

Erling Haaland is a doubt for the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday (Picture: Getty)

Pep Guardiola confirmed that Erling Haaland is a doubt for Manchester City’s FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea on Saturday after he picked up an injury against Real Madrid.

Both Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne were withdrawn in extra-time against Madrid as City’s quest to win a second successive Champions League ended in a dramatic penalty-shootout defeat in the quarter-finals.

After the game, Guardiola suggested that both players had picked up small niggles and requested to come off.

However, with a quick turnaround until Saturday’s semi-final, the Spaniard is now sweating over the fitness of his star striker.

‘Kevin [De Bruyne] feels well, Erling [Haaland] we will see,’ he confirmed at his pre-match press conference on Friday.

‘He said a little bit niggles and we’ll see his evolution in the next hours. It was a tough game [against Madrid]. 120 mins of action. High intensity for both sides. Erling felt something. A muscular issue that meant he could not continue. 

Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg match between Manchester City and Real Madrid CF at Etihad Stadium on April 17, 2024

Kevin De Bruyne was also subbed of late against Real Madrid (Picture: Getty)

‘Kevin was exhausted after five months out injured. That is normal. We will see tomorrow. It’s normal. The number of games this season and previous seasons, not much recovery and extra time and the high-intensity way we play. 

‘We put a lot of pressure in our game. They are human beings, not machines and sometimes fatigue is there.’

City were boosted in midweek by the return of Kyle Walker and will hope that the English right-back will be able to start again on Saturday despite playing all 120 minutes on Wednesday.

Elsewhere, Nathan Ake was fit enough to be on the bench, while John Stones came on as a late substitute having missed out last weekend against Luton Town.

Guardiola’s side failed to beat Chelsea in their two Premier League meetings this season but will hope for an improved performance to keep alive hopes of a domestic double this season.  

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