Erling Haaland has already scored nine goals this season.© AFP
Coach Marco Rose said on Friday that Borussia Dortmund star striker Erling Haaland will be sidelined for “several weeks” with a hip flexor injury. The 21-year-old Norwegian played the full match as Dortmund lost 4-0 to Ajax in the Champions League on Wednesday. “Time to focus on my injury. I’ll be back stronger,” Haaland tweeted alongside a photo of the public clapping. Haaland’s absence is a blow to Dortmund, who are currently second in the Bundesliga, one point away from leaders Bayern Munich.
The Norwegian has already scored nine goals this season, topping the league’s goal-scoring charts with Bayern rival Robert Lewandowski.
Those nine goals represent a third of all Dortmund scored this season, while their four assists are also a club’s best, underscoring Haaland’s importance to Rose’s team.
Haaland was recently ruled out of three matches with a thigh injury, but made his comeback in mid-October.
His absence will also be felt by the Norwegian team, with Haaland missing out on two crucial World Cup qualifiers against Latvia and the Netherlands on 13 and 16 November respectively.
“I spoke with Dortmund and Erling, and the conclusion is that they will not be included in the call-up for the national team,” Norway’s team doctor Ola Sand told NTB news agency.
“It’s an injury that needs some time to heal itself. It’s at least three to four weeks, maybe more.”
Norway has not participated in a major tournament since Euro 2000, but is currently ranked second in Group G, two points behind the Dutch and two points ahead of Turkey.
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