The star striker of Borussia Dortmund, Erling Haaland, will be absent for "
", announced Friday his coach, a blow for the German club and for the Norwegian selection, both very dependent on the striker. "
He suffers from a hip injury which prevents him from playing,
" his return will take "
a little while,
" said Marco Rose, BVB coach, at a press conference. The 21-year-old played the entire meeting on Wednesday with Dortmund, during their large defeat (4-0) against Ajax Amsterdam in the Champions League. “
It's time to focus on my healing. I will come back stronger!
Haaland launched on Twitter, accompanying his message with a photo of him thanking the audience.
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The striker's absence is bad news for the German club, currently second in the Bundesliga just one point behind the Bavarian leaders.
With 9 goals this season, he shares the lead in the German league scorers' standings with his Bayern counterpart, Robert Lewandowski.
His unavailability is a headache for his coach who lacks a real alternative to this position: alone, he represents almost a third of all goals scored by Dortmund in the Bundesliga this season.
He also remains the best passer of his club with 4 assists to his counter.
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Norway is at risk of suffering
The Norwegian has already missed three competitive matches recently with a bruised thigh, but was back in the starting XI by mid-October. He benefits from a release clause in his contract at the end of the current season and is already coveted by the biggest European clubs, in England and Spain in particular. It is also a blow for the Norwegian national team which must play on November 13 and 16 two meetings (against Latvia then the Netherlands) crucial for a participation in the World Cup 2022. “
I spoke with Dortmund and Erling, and the conclusion is that he will stay away from the national team gathering
, ”selection doctor Ola Sand told local news agency NTB. "
It is an injury that takes time to heal.
It's a minimum of three to four weeks, maybe more
Norway, which has not played a major international competition since Euro 2000, is currently 2nd in Group G, two points behind the Netherlands and two points also ahead of Turkey.