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Struggling Without Haaland: Manchester City’s Tactical Shift and Adaptation

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Erling Haaland faces injury setback, sidelining him in Manchester City’s clash against Luton Town. Pep Guardiola openly admits uncertainty regarding the duration of his striker’s absence. Haaland is notably absent from the Manchester City squad that visited Kenilworth Town on Sunday (12/10/2023) night, in the ongoing Premier League fixtures. Despite his absence, the Citizens secured a 2-1 victory after initially falling behind.

In the absence of Haaland, Man City leans on Julian Alvarez as the spearhead. The club, having clinched a treble last season, finds itself with limited options in the striker position, resorting to shifting wingers like Jeremy Doku or Phil Foden.

The manager of Man City reveals the lack of a concrete timeline for Haaland’s return, expressing hope for his team’s adaptability.

“There’s a stress reaction in his bone. After the last match against Aston Villa, he felt it, and couldn’t play,” Haaland revealed, as quoted by BBC.

“I don’t know the duration. Week by week, day by day, we’ll see what unfolds.”

“Erling has become a pivotal figure since joining the club, that’s undeniable. However, throughout the season, we encounter situations like this. Injuries, suspensions, various issues—we must adapt,” he adds.

The triumph over Luton concludes a series of four winless matches for Man City. Previously held to draws by Chelsea, Liverpool, and Tottenham Hotspur, they suffered a defeat against Aston Villa.

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