Borussia Dortmund manager Marco Rose has asked to ease the pressure on Erling Haaland and let him recover from a thigh injury amid question marks about his availability for Norway ahead of World Cup qualifiers.
Haaland was again absent when Dortmund defeated Augsburg 2-1 in the Bundesliga thanks to goals from Raphael Guerreiro and Julian Brandt on Saturday.
Dortmund sensation Haaland also missed last weekend’s defeat to Borussia Monchengladbach and a Champions League win against Sporting CP on Tuesday.
As Norway prepare for qualifiers against Turkey (October 8) and Montenegro (October 11) on their way to Qatar 2022, Rose stressed that both the national team and Dortmund need the 21-year-old forward.
“It’s not my job to run out of someone’s hope,” Rose said after her win over Augsburg. “All I can tell you is the status quo. Erling has been trying to play for days now. Those who know him also know that he always wants to play.
“He didn’t make it for the Champions League. It started in Gladbach and didn’t work out today. And he told me very promptly “Manager, I would like to play, but I can’t move as I would like”. I can’t even walk. ‘
“This is the status quo we are working with and I think it would be smart if we could all stop speculating. I understand the Norwegian federation. He is a human being, not a machine. If it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work. We need to get him back to health for Borussia Dortmund but also for the Norwegian national team.
“We have played two games without him now and at the moment things are not going well for Norway either. This is also what Erling says, and we should release the pressure and not ask about his status every day. We should let him recover. “
100 – Marco Reus is now the third Bundesliga player by detailed data collection to assist 100 goals in competitive matches after Thomas Müller (176) and Franck Ribery (132). Milestone. pic.twitter.com/wWvBjK09qb
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Haaland has scored 68 goals in 67 appearances for Dortmund since joining Salzburg in January 2020.
The sought-after Dortmund star opened the season by scoring 11 goals in seven games in all competitions.
Without Haaland, Dortmund recorded their eighth consecutive home Bundesliga triumph when Marco Reus slipped Brandt for the winner in the 51st minute.
Dortmund captain Reus is the third Bundesliga player by collecting detailed data to assist 100 goals in competitive matches after Thomas Muller (176) and Franck Ribery (132).
Dortmund are second in the Bundesliga, one point behind rivals Bayern Munich, who will host Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday.