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Guardiola gives update on Haaland and Foden fitness

Pep Guardiola has given an update on striker Erling Haaland ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Liverpool.

The Norwegian withdrew from his national team’s squad for their recent European Championships qualifiers against Spain and Georgia.

Haaland was in devastating form before the international break scoring nine goals in three matches including back-to-back hat-tricks against RB Leipzig and Burnley.

Asked whether he would be available, Guardiola said he would make a decision on his availability after the final training session before the game on Saturday at 12:30 (UK).

“Erling is recovering,” the boss said in his pre-match press conference. “This afternoon is the last training session then we'll see how he feels.


“We will see today. Again, the doctors and especially the player will decide how does he feel.

"Yesterday I spoke with him and he feels good. But we will see.

"Life is risk in these stages. You have to take it. We score a lot of goals this season. He scored an incredible amount of goals. But in the past always we scored a lot of goals.”

Meanwhile, Guardiola hopes that Phil Foden could return within "two to three weeks”, with the forward ruled out for the game against Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium.

Foden had surgery in London after suffering from acute appendicitis while away with the England squad.

“Phil had surgery,” Pep added. “The doctors tell me two or three weeks. So we will see how his development after appendix surgery.”

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Asked about the rest of the squad, Guardiola reported no more injuries ahead of what will be a big test as we chase a third successive Premier League title.

Liverpool are currently sixth in the table, 19 points behind City, but Guardiola is expecting one of the toughest challenges of the campaign as we aim to cut the gap on leaders Arsenal.

“We know each other many years, so same managers many years, so one more [game]," he added. 

"Liverpool remain an exceptional team. My opinion doesn’t change for a season that had up and downs. Every team can have these up and downs."