Striker Erling Haaland, who suffered a stress fracture in his foot, has been ruled out of Manchester City's game at Luton on Sunday, his club announced. "It's a stress fracture in the foot, which I felt after the last game (against Aston Villa on Wednesday). He can't play," City manager Pep Guardiola said just before kick-off against Luton.
"I don't know how long the injury lasts. We'll see what happens week after week, day after day. Erling has been very important since he arrived, that's for sure. But over the course of the season, we see that kind of thing. Injuries, suspensions, problems, we have to adapt," added the Spanish coach.
The 23-year-old Norwegian centre-forward misses his first league game of the season, having started the previous fifteen games. He leads the scoring charts with fourteen goals before matchday 16.
Manchester City are on a four-game winless run (three draws and one defeat) ahead of their trip to promoted side Luton. In Haaland's absence, the keys to the attack have been handed over to Julian Alvarez, according to the team composition provided by the English league.