Haaland set for Manchester City return against Nottingham Forest as title race heats up

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Haaland set for Manchester City return against Nottingham Forest as title race heats up

Ayoola Kelechi 07:51 - 27.04.2024

Manchester City striker Erling Haaland could be in the lineup against Nottingham Forest after recovering from a recent injury

Manchester City fans could be in for a treat as star striker Erling Haaland eyes a return to action for Sunday's Premier League clash against Nottingham Forest. Haaland's potential comeback injects excitement into City's pursuit of yet another league title, intensifying the already heated title race.

Haaland’s injury woes

Haaland, joint top scorer in the league alongside Chelsea's Cole Palmer with 20 goals, missed recent fixtures due to a muscle injury. His absence was notable in both Thursday's league encounter and Saturday's FA Cup semi-final victory over Chelsea. However, manager Pep Guardiola hinted at the possibility of Haaland's return, offering a glimmer of hope for City's attacking prowess.

Erling Haaland against Real Madrid (Imago)
Erling Haaland against Real Madrid (Imago)

Guardiola expressed his preference for having Haaland available, emphasising the striker's importance to the squad. Despite Haaland's injury concerns, Guardiola remains optimistic about his recovery, indicating that the decision ultimately rests on Haaland's fitness.

Title Race Implications

City's convincing 4-0 triumph over Brighton & Hove Albion brought them within touching distance of league leaders Arsenal. With a game in hand, City finds themselves in a prime position to secure an unprecedented fourth successive league title. Every fixture becomes crucial as the title race reaches its climax.

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Guardiola stressed the importance of not underestimating opponents like Nottingham Forest, especially considering their battle against relegation. With only five games remaining and no room for error, City must maintain focus and respect every opponent they face.

What next for Manchester City?

As City gears up for the final stretch of the season, the potential return of Erling Haaland adds another dimension to their title aspirations. With key fixtures against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Fulham, Tottenham Hotspur, and West Ham United looming, City must maintain their focus and continue their pursuit of glory in the Premier League.

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