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Erling Haaland withdraws from Norway squad with groin injury

File photo dated 14-03-2023 of Manchester City's Erling Haaland celebrates scoring their side's sixth goal of the game and his fifth goal. Erling Haaland’s sixth hat-trick of the season against Burnley on Saturday took him to 42 Manchester City goals. Issue date: Monday March 20, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story SOCCER Man City Haaland. Photo credit should read Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Erling Haaland has withdrawn from the Norway squad ahead of their opening Euro 2024 qualifiers because of injury.

The prolific Manchester City striker is suffering from pain in his groin following Saturday's FA Cup win over Burnley and has returned home from the national team camp, the Norwegian Football Federation has announced.

Haaland, who has scored eight goals in his last two matches for City including a hat-trick against the Clarets, will now miss Saturday's opening Group A qualifier in Spain and Tuesday's game against Georgia.

Norway national team doctor Ola Sand said in a statement: "After doing tests and examinations yesterday it became clear that he will not make it for the games against Spain and Georgia. It is better that he receives medical follow-up at his club.

Norway coach Stale Solbakken added: "Erling took it hard when he realised that he could not fight for the team.

"Fortunately, there is still plenty of self-confidence, talent and cohesion in this group to win points in the next matches."

The 22-year-old Haaland has scored 42 goals in 37 matches for City since joining Pep Guardiola's side from Borussia Dortmund last summer.

City are next in action on April 1 when they resume their Premier League title push at home to Liverpool and 10 days later play the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich.

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