Pep Guardiola Confirmed Three City Stars Dropped Ahead Of Leicester City Clash

Erling Haaland was substituted at halftime of Manchester City’s Champions League draw at Dortmund with a fever and a knock to the ankle.

Erling Haaland will be assessed before Manchester City’s Premier League trip to Leicester on Saturday.

Haaland was quiet in the first half of City’s Champions League draw at Borussia Dortmund this week, with Pep Guardiola confirming after the game that the striker had a fever and had also picked up a knock to the ankle in the opening 45 minutes, so was replaced as a precaution.

Photos this week showed Haaland limping into an assessment on his ankle, and later walking out unaided. Speaking on Friday, Guardiola said that he will know more about Haaland’s condition when the team train on Friday afternoon.

“He feels better, we are training this afternoon and we will assess,” Guardiola said. “We’ll see how he’s feeling and if he’s fit. After we decide.”

Guardiola also touched upon an issue with Joao Cancelo, with the full-back also withdrawn at half-time against Dortmund with a fever, however, Kyle Walker and Kalvin Phillips remain out.

He said: “Two days ago everyone trains well. I have to wait for people to come back and after now. [Phillips and Walker] are not ready for Leicester. They are better, Kalvin especially. After the World Cup, I’m sure they will be ready.

“Apparently what he [Phillips] says to me when I saw him in the canteen, he came to Dortmund, he feels really well. Mobility in the shoulder is perfect, start to train with the ball, but avoid contact with his mates. We are surprised by how quickly he development.

“If he’s fit and I believe he can play and is ready, maybe can play minutes. I don’t know now. They’ve reacted in a positive way, they are optimistic, they are in touch with Gareth, and maybe they have more information. Hopefully, they can be ready to be selected.”

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