We won’t see Erling Haaland at another major tournament.
The Manchester City striker was absent from Norway’s final European Championship qualifier against Scotland due to a foot injury he sustained during a friendly match against Faroe Islands, as confirmed by the team doctor of Norway on Saturday.
“The injury is not serious, but he has so much pain and somewhat limited function that the Scotland game unfortunately comes a little too early,” Norway’s team doctor said in a statement.
Despite suffering an injury during Thursday’s friendly, Haaland managed to complete the match. However, Saturday brought more disappointing news for him and his team as the results eliminated Norway’s chances of qualifying for EURO 2024.
Romania secured their qualification by defeating Israel 2-1 on Saturday. This result means that Israel loses its automatic qualifying spot but will enter the playoffs due to their Nations League record. Unfortunately, this comes at the expense of Norway, who are now unable to qualify.
Norwegian winger Mohamed Elyounoussi scored an 86th-minute goal at Hampden Park to seal a 3-3 draw. Norway is third in the group with Spain and Scotland already having confirmed their places at EURO 2024.
Haaland was Norway’s leading scorer in the qualifiers with six goals.
Manchester City will also be concerned about Haaland’s fitness as they prepare to face Liverpool in a crucial match next Saturday following the international break. Unsurprisingly, Haaland is the Premier League’s leading scorer this season with 13 goals.