Erling Haaland’s nagging injury issue that limited him to 71 appearances in two full seasons at Borussia Dortmund, according to Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, has apparently subsided.
Haaland has scored an astounding 149 goals for club and country since the beginning of his breakout 2019–20 season, making him one of the most prolific goal scorers in the world in recent years.
Last season, the Norwegian nearly averaged a goal per game for Dortmund (29 in 30), but he missed significant amounts of time due to muscle injuries. There were some doubts about how he would fare in the more physical Premier League this season as a result.
Guardiola had earlier in the season made hints about the importance of rest and rotation, but Haaland has yet to miss a game for City and has scored 14 goals in just 10 appearances.
The City manager attributes that to working with City physio Mario Pafundi, who recently travelled abroad with Haaland to keep an eye on things.
“Erling struggled a lot in Dortmund last year with injuries and arrived here with small problems. He started to work with Mario and other guys and thanks to them and [Haaland’s] work ethic, he can play regularly now,” Guardiola explained ahead of Sunday’s Manchester derby.