Tue 20 September 2022 | 11:44

Man City sent a therapist to Norway camp to monitor Haaland

City want to be sure of the full fitness of the Norwegian star and avoid possible injuries.

Manchester City

have reportedly sent one of their trappers to


to monitor

Erling Haaland


Haaland joined Manchester City in the summer and scored 14 goals in 10 games for this team and set a new Premier League record. With the international break, he also returned to his country of Norway to prepare for the matches against Slovenia and Serbia in the UEFA Nations League. However, to keep Haaland's fitness at the highest possible level, Manchester City has sent its sports therapist, Mario Pafundi, to the Norwegian camp to monitor Haaland's condition.

In this regard, Norwegian head coach Stale Solbakken said: 

"As we take in 26-27 players each time, it is a lot for two therapists. We have also been looking for a third therapist. Then Erling made the brilliant suggestion to me that he has a very good therapist.

"Now I have talked to him a lot in the last week. That is why we have brought in a third therapist, at least on a temporary basis. It is of course no coincidence that he comes from Manchester City and that Erling is part of it, but he works with the other players as well. He is not just Erling's man here.'

There are concerns about Haaland's high-pressure schedule and the risk of injury, but the head coach of Norway does not intend to rest him. Asked if he would rest the City star, Solbakken replied: 

"At least it is absolutely certain. I was a bit worried when I saw the last game against Wolverhampton, when he ran around like a fool at 3-0 to make it 4-0.

"He yells and slaps god and every man because he doesn't get the ball. I screamed 'calm down, Erling, there are more important games to come.'

"[City] have charged him very well, he has had his minutes of rest. It is often from 70 minutes onwards that the fatigue sets in, we balanced that well even in the last session too."

source: SportMob

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