Norway coach Solbakken says Haaland absence decided with Man City

Norway coach Stale Solbakken says Erling Haaland’s will miss the upcoming game against Republic of Ireland thanks to a collaboration with Manchester City.

While the forward will not feature for his country against Republic of Ireland on Thursday, he could play in the friendly against Finland on Sunday.

“Erling has had a few troubled weeks (with injury),” Solbakken said on Haaland’s withdrawal. “We have been in dialogue with Manchester City until the end.

“Based on the overall situation, the conclusion was that he is better trying to make it for the second match against Finland at home on Sunday.

“Everyone has seen how it has been lately for Erling. City have not used him unless they absolutely had to. He played the last 25 minutes against Fulham, nothing against Copenhagen and Sevilla. He’s still not quite there.”