Doubts about Haaland’s participation against Brentford

LONDON: Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will delay his decision on Erling Haaland’s participation against Brentford in the English Premier League on Saturday as Calvin Phelps prepares to participate more after recovering from a shoulder injury. Haaland, who scored 23 goals in all competitions in this season, he suffered a foot injury in the draw against Borussia Dortmund on 25 October that prevented him from participating. The Norwegian striker has missed two games and entered in field as a substitute against Fulham last week, when he scored the 2-1 winning goal from a penalty in injury time. From the bench, he followed City’s 2-0 win over Chelsea in League Cup last Wednesday. “He has improved a bit,” said Guardiola in press conference on the eve of match of Brentford in the last matches of the two teams before the World Cup. We’ll see after today’s training. ”England midfielder Phelps underwent surgery last September to treat a recurring shoulder problem and was replaced against Chelsea. His compatriot Kyle Walker is still out of competition for hip surgery. The English team included Phelps and Walker, among the five Manchester City players. “As you saw in the last game, Calvin is ready, unlike Kyle,” added Guardiola. He added that his retirement “is a decision of (English coach Gareth) Southgate, and we fully support him. I am not involved. After Saturday the players are the responsibility of the teams, not ours. I’m not worried. “(Reuters)