Dortmund hope injured Haaland can play again this year

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Berlin (AFP) – The hip injury suffered by Erling Braut Haaland is expected to sideline the star striker for several weeks, with his club Borussia Dortmund hoping he can play again this year.

“It is too early to give an exact date” when Haaland will return, “but we hope he can play again this year,” sporting director Michael Zorc said on Saturday.

“It will take a few more weeks. “

The 21-year-old is currently recovering with his family in Norway.

Having scored 70 goals in 69 games since arriving at Dortmund in January 2020, Haaland’s loss is a blow to the Bundesliga club who started the weekend second in the German top flight.

Dortmund will be hoping he will be back ahead of their Bundesliga clash against current Bayern Munich leaders on December 4.

“For the moment, it is for him to clear his head a little, because he can not do much yet”, added Zorc.

Haaland has not played since Dortmund’s 4-0 Champions League defeat to Ajax a fortnight ago.

His absence will also be felt by the Norwegian squad, with Haaland missing two crucial World Cup qualifiers against Latvia and the Netherlands on November 13 and 16.

Norway have not been to a major tournament since Euro 2000, but currently sit second in Group G, two points behind the Dutch and two ahead of Turkey.


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