Erling Haaland injury latest ahead of Man City clash with Nottingham Forest

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Erling Haaland is a doubt for this weekend's clash at Forest -Credit:Jose Manuel Alvarez/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

It remains unclear whether Erling Haaland will travel with the Manchester City squad to the East Midlands for their Premier League match with Nottingham Forest on Sunday.

The 23-year-old missed City's 4-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion on Thursday with an unspecified injury. Phil Foden netted a brace as Kevin De Bruyne and Julian Alvarez were also on the scoresheet on the south coast.

Pep Guardiola's side are now just one point behind leaders Arsenal, who stunned Chelsea with a 5-0 win earlier this week. Mikel Arteta's side will head to Tottenham for the north London derby on Sunday.

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Haaland meanwhile, has been an injury concern for Guardiola. He missed City's FA Cup win over Chelsea and requested to come off during the Champions League quarter-final defeat to Real Madrid last week.

When asked about whether Haaland could be available for Sunday, the City boss said after the win on Thursday: "I spoke with him, and he says he feels better, I don't know."

Injury analyst Ben Dinnery has suggested it would be 'sensible' to manage the Norwegian's return to fitness for the remainder of the season. Speaking to MEN Sport on behalf of Crypto Casino, he said: "It's a risk and reward. I heard Pep talk about the injury crisis and the demands. I find it difficult to have any sympathy for them when they could field two starting 11s which could compete in the Premier League.

"Man City are in a fortunate position where they can look at the likes of Kevin De Bryune and Erling Haaland's of this world and you can make that decision with no need to risk them unnecessarily. They’ve got big games coming up and they may have to go the rest of the season unbeaten, but you can put De Bruyne, [Phil] Foden and [Julian] Alvarez play there.

"In that situation, it’s an opportunity for Guardiola to take no risks. With any soft tissue injuries, if we’re talking about a 50/50 player and slightly doubtful, is it worth holding him back for 7-10 days or risking them to suffer a significant tear/strain that could end his season and impact the end of the season?"You could quite easily turn a 7-10 day injury into a four-six week problem. That's not just impacting the player heading into the new campaign but it may inhibit his summer with him having to come into the club for rehab.

"That's the judgement call that you need to make and the sensible decision here is to not push too hard when they've got so many important games to come. It's sensible to manage Haaland at this moment."

Meanwhile, FPL currently has Haaland marked as having a 50 per cent chance of making his return from injury this weekend.