– Not on vacation – VG

- Not on vacation - VG

DUBLIN (VG) While recharging for Ireland’s Norway men’s national team, Erling Braut Haaland (22) is in Barcelona.


On Thursday, Norway plays a special international away match against Ireland. Erling Braut Haaland announced his absence from that match last weekend, and this week the Norwegian star was spotted in Barcelona.

At Wednesday’s press conference in Dublin, national team coach Ståle Solbakken was asked by NRK if Haaland had been given a holiday.

He doesn’t have a vacation. He had something to do at Barcelona, ​​which we and Manchester City are very much in agreement with. Then the plan is that, if it succeeds, and all goes according to plan, it will appear on our arrival from Ireland. Solbakken tells NRK that if his lot goes according to plan.

Haaland has been suffering from an ankle injury since the Champions League match against old club Borussia Dortmund on October 25.

Solbakken will not touch on what Haaland is doing at Barcelona.

– There is something you should ask him about. You don’t need to go into detail about this. If he wants to answer that, it’s up to him, says the national team manager.

Mohamed “Moi” El-Younussi also attended the press conference on Wednesday. The Southampton player did not realize that Haaland was on the Spanish east coast.

– He definitely needs it. I know he has an injury. Either be there because of it, or just relax a bit. We hope and expect him to return with us in the next match, says Al-Yunousi, and continues:

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– I don’t care what he does before that, as long as he comes and delivers.

While Haaland was in Barcelona, ​​the national team trained under clear skies in Dublin at the Aviva Stadium.

Irish journalists were more interested in Haaland, reporting from the field that Norway’s biggest star was not around.

– There’s room for 52,000 here. It is very unfortunate that Haaland will not come, said a stadium employee during Norway’s training.

45,000 tickets were sold for Thursday night’s special international match. Bought a lot to see Haaland.

On Sunday afternoon, Norway plays at home against Finaland at Ullevaal.

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