It's confirmed, a first major setback for Haaland as he will be lucky to come back by Christmas

It's confirmed, a first major setback for Haaland as he will be lucky to come back by Christmas

The Borussia Dortmund and Norway striker Erling Haaland has been out with a hip flexor injury since facing Ajax on 20th October. While BVB has been silent about the exact extent of the issue, reports straight away claimed Haaland is done for the year. Now, those rumours have been confirmed by the wonderkid's father Alf-Inge.

The former Leeds man stated that it would surprising if the 21-year-old returned before the 25th of December.

"If he gets a couple of games in before Christmas, it will be bonus, but even that's uncertain," said Alf-Inge.

Wolfsburg defender Marin Pongracic, on loan at Borussia Dortmund, also confirmed the extent of the injury while speaking on Twitch.

"6 to 8 week spell on the sidelines," revealed the 24-year-old Croatian.

The injury couldn't have come at a worst time for BVB as they are finally competitive with Bayern Munich and only a point separates them. The side is also competing to stay alive in the Champions League where they are second with six points, same as Sporting while Ajax has already qualified to the knockout stages.

Borussia will have to face nine games without its star play, most notably the upcoming RB Leipzig derby, the Sporting Lisbon clash, and Der Klassiker against Bayern.

Earlier in the season, Haaland missed several games in late September and early October with a muscle injury. Nevertheless, the 21-year-old has managed 13 goals in all competitions this season with only 10 games played. With this injury he also forfeited a top ranking in the list of top scorers for the calendar year, as another young contender stepped up.

At least BVB fans can console themselves by reading into why Haaland won't be joining Bayern next summer.


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