Norwegian sensation Erling Haaland is set for disappointment as Norway’s hopes for Euro 2024 qualification were dashed on Saturday.
Norway’s fate for a possible playoff was cut by Israel’s 2-1 defeat to Romania, even when they are yet to face Scotland on Sunday.
Despite Norway having a chance to secure a playoff spot if Israel had won, Romania’s victory in Group I cemented their direct qualification for Euro 2024.
The outcome means Israel will join Bosnia in the Path B playoffs, leaving Haaland’s Norway on the sidelines.
Meanwhile, the Manchester City striker, who had already announced his unavailability for the match against Scotland due to an ankle problem, faces another blow, still awaiting his first qualification for an international tournament.
In an earlier interview, Haaland said, “Unfortunately, I am missing tomorrow’s (Sunday) game against Scotland. Wishing the boys all the best. Now treatment and trying to get back asap.”
But Norway’s coach Stale Solbakken, has clarified that Haaland’s injury is not a severe one, but acknowledged it might take a while for him to return to the pitch.