Haaland ready for return against Southampton – Pep Guardiola

Haaland ready for return against Southampton – Pep Guardiola

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says Erling Haaland is ready to return for their Premier League game at Southampton on Saturday.

The superstar missed last weekend's 4-1 home win over Liverpool with a groin injury, but the 22-year-old returned to training earlier this week and Guardiola confirmed his availability for the trip to St Mary's Stadium.

"Erling trained the last two days, really good," the Spaniard said. "He will be ready."

And Guardiola said he was not giving any thought to managing Haaland's minutes ahead of next week's Champions League quarter-final first leg against Bayern Munich.

"Bayern Munich is the last thought," he added. "It's Southampton. The Premier League is every day, every week."

Haaland has scored 42 goals in 37 games in all competitions this season for City, including six hat-tricks.

The Norwegian also leads the Premier League Golden Boot race on 28 goals, six ahead of Tottenham's Harry Kane.

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