Erling Haaland’s father has admitted his son might miss Manchester City’s clash against Liverpool.
The Norway international had to pull out of his country’s squad this week with a groin injury.
The City striker has travelled to Spain to undergo recovery but it remains to be seen whether or not he will be fit to face Liverpool on April 1.
And his father, Alf-Inge, has revealed that his son is in a race against time to be ready for the crucial Premier League clash.
“He would very much like to have played these two international matches but now it won’t be like that,” he told TV2.
“He must prioritise his health, try to get his body back in place. Based on the assumptions, he is doing well, but he is very sad.
“First and foremost, it is the national team that makes the decision, but they cooperate, of course.
“They must have as much knowledge as possible about this and of course ask the doctors and physios at Manchester City.
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“Then they come up with something together.
“Manchester City has a partnership with a hospital in Barcelona. He has been there for further checks and treatment.
“Now he has been here [in Marbella] for a couple of days with the physio from the club. So he gets good follow-up.”
When pressed on whether or not Haaland would be ready to face Liverpool, Alfie replied: “Firstly, I’m not a doctor and secondly, I think it’s ‘touch and go’, yes.
“You can’t just go two weeks without training and then jump right into a fight. There must be a progression there.
“They can gamble on it, but if he doesn’t get proper training with the team, then he won’t play.
“It is about how he responds to treatment in the next few days. He needs a lot of care and ‘knuckling’.
“There are many sprints and there is a lot to move.”
Haaland has had an incredible debut season for City since arriving from Borussia Dortmund last summer.
In 37 appearances, the Norwegian has scored 42 times, including 10 goals in six Champions League matches.
City are trailing Arsenal by eight points in the Premier League and cannot afford to drop many more points in the final run-in with 11 games to go.