Erling Haaland will not play for Norway against Scotland in the final Euro 2024 qualifier.
The striker has aggravated a foot injury and Norway’s team doctors say he won’t be able to travel and play for his country at Hampden on Sunday night.
Haaland took a kick to his foot after coming on as a second-half substitute in the 2-0 friendly win over Faroe Islands on Thursday and though he finished the game his fitness for Sunday was immediately in doubt.
While depriving Scotland fans the chance to see one of the world’s best players in action, it also means Norway are without a player who has scored 27 goals in 29 internationals and is his side’s biggest goal threat.
Norway confirmed the injury in a statement on their website on Saturday, with the team doctor Ola Sand saying: “The injury is not serious, but he is in so much pain and somewhat restricted function that the Scotland game unfortunately comes a little too early.”
Norway boss Stale Solbakken said: “It is of course a shame that Erling will not be ready for the match on Sunday, but we will not be bringing in a replacement.
“This is a great opportunity for the offensive players in the squad to show off.”
Haaland tweeted: “Unfortunately, I am missing tomorrow’s game against Scotland. Wishing the boys all the best. Now treatment and trying to get back asap.”
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