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Erling Haaland suffers injury setback as Man City star ruled out for several weeks | Football | Sport

Erling Haaland is likely to miss the FA Cup clash against Tottenham at the end of the month after suffering a setback in his recovery from injury. The Manchester City striker has not played since the first week of December after sustaining a stress injury in his foot.

But after making progress in his comeback his return has been pushed back after doctors advised he scale back training. “He has had a little bit of a problem with his feet and the doctors decided to stop for a week and restart in Abu Dhabi,” said City boss Pep Guardiola.

“Hopefully at the end of this month he will be ready. It was a little bit more than we expected in the beginning with the bone. At the end of this month, maybe he will be ready to come back.”

City play Newcastle this evening then travel to a week-long warm weather training camp in Abu Dhabi next Wednesday. Haaland will not be rushed back for the FA Cup clash on January 26 or the league match against Burnley at the Etihad on January 31.

Like Haaland, John Stones remains on the sidelines and has been joined by Manuel Akanji, who will be out for two weeks with a knock, and Jack Grealish, who is suffering with a virus.

But Guardiola has been boosted by the return of Kevin De Bruyne who has been passed fit to start at St James’s Park. De Bruyne made his return from hamstring surgery in the FA Cup win over Huddersfield but suggested he might be back on the bench for Newcastle.

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