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Erling Haaland is absent for “several weeks”



Erling Haaland is absent for "several weeks"

Striker Erling Haaland will be absent from Borussia Dortmund for “several weeks” again. “He has a hip flexor injury that makes it impossible for him to play,” said BVB coach Marco Rose before the away game at Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday (3:30 p.m. in the live ticker). “A little time will go into the country” before the exceptional Norwegian striker returns.

Haaland played over 90 minutes in the 4-0 draw against Ajax Amsterdam in the Champions League on Wednesday. The attacker, who currently leads the Bundesliga scorers list with nine goals tied with Robert Lewandowski, reacted fiercely. “Time to focus on recovery. I will return stronger,” he wrote on social media.

The 21-year-old will also miss Norway in the crucial World Cup qualifiers against Latvia and the Netherlands (November 13 and 16). “The injury takes time. At least three, four weeks, maybe longer,” said team doctor Ola Sand.

Haaland had recently missed three competitive games due to a severe thigh contusion, but returned to the starting line-up in mid-October. The same thigh is now causing problems again. Rose did not want to judge whether it was a consequential injury: “I’m not a doctor.”

Immediately after the diagnosis, however, Haaland reacted disappointed, said Rose. “It’s not good for us and not nice for the boy. Erling was really down yesterday. He was happy that he was back. After the game against Mainz he had no problems,” said the BVB coach, who is in charge of the team Sturm also has to do without Youssoufa Moukoko: “It will be very thin offensive now.”

After the bankruptcy against Amsterdam, Thomas Meunier (hit on the foot) and Nico Schulz (torn muscle) also reported injured. “This is the chance for the guys behind to show themselves and draw attention to themselves,” says Rose.