Guardiola gives Haaland injury update ahead of Man City vs Fulham

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Pep Guardiola, manager of Manchester United, has stated that Erling Haaland is “much better” and might return against Fulham on Saturday.

On Wednesday, Haaland was not risked against Sevilla in the Champions League.

Before the game, City had already clinched first place in their group.

The Norway striker picked up a knock against former club Borussia Dortmund last week.

Haaland has scored an incredible 22 goals across all competitions already this season and could be given the chance to add to his tally on Saturday.

“He’s much better, we’ll decide today,” Guardiola told a news conference on Friday.

“A good step, he starts training today. We will see this afternoon. We consider his opinion, the doctor’s opinion, [if he will play] 90 minutes or less minutes, we’ll see.”

However, Guardiola confirmed England internationals Kalvin Phillips and Kyle Walker are still not fit to make the matchday squad.

The City boss also praised Barcelona defender Gerard Pique who will retire from professional football on Saturday. The pair won two Champions League titles together during Guardiola’s four-year spell as Barca head coach.

“Surprise news. I know his mum and dad, he is an incredible human being, huge personality,” Guardiola said. “A player for the big games, never not in the highest level. All the big clubs need these kind of players.

“He won everything for Barcelona and Spain. The time arrives, the future will be bright, he’s a smart guy. An honour to be his manager, we spent an incredible four years together.

“His dream came true, 13, 14, 15 years being there [Barcelona] all the time.”

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