Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has revealed Erling Haaland will be out until the end of January due to injury.
Haaland has missed Manchester City’s last eight games with a foot injury. The Norwegian striker recently returned to training, but he has not fully healed.
Ahead of Saturday’s match with Newcastle, Guardiola revealed Haaland will not return to the pitch in January.
Guardiola said: “Yes, (he’s had) a little bit of disturbing problems in his feet. It’s fine but the doctors decided to stop for one week and maybe restart in Abu Dhabi.
“Hopefully at the end of this month he’ll be ready. It was a little bit more than we expected in the beginning.
“It’s the bone. It needs time. With every injury you can do whatever you want but it’s a question of time.”
Haaland already has scored 19 goals this season, and Guardiola admits they have missed him in recent weeks.
“We miss Erling a lot,” he said. “We need him. Hopefully he can come back and play the last four or five months without a problem.
“When you are injured at end of November, you miss a lot of games. It’s the toughest period.”
Man City manager also said that defender Manuel Akanji is expected to be sidelined until the end of January.
Guardiola said: “He will be some weeks out. It’s not a big problem but until the end of the month.
“Now we’re lucky that we don’t have games in the next 10 days after Newcastle. We’ll see how they feel in the good weather in Abu Dhabi.”