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Pep Guardiola reveals Erling Haaland selection decision following 10-match absence



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Erling Haaland could make his first start since December for Manchester City on Monday evening, Pep Guardiola has revealed.

The 23-year-old, who remains joint-leader for the Premier League Golden Boot, missed 10 successive matches for Manchester City prior to making a return against Burnley at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Haaland replaced Kevin De Bruyne during the 3-1 win over Vincent Kompany’s side, with the Norwegian featuring for the first time since a 1-0 loss to Aston Villa in early December.

The striker has missed matches in the Premier League, Emirates FA Cup, UEFA Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup as a result of a foot injury, but could start against Brentford on Monday evening in west London.

Manchester City travel to Gtech Community Stadium in the Premier League, the first of two meetings with Brentford this month, as a result of a postponed fixture in December.

Thomas Frank’s side beat the Sky Blues both home and away last season, and have recently welcomed striker Ivan Toney back from an eight-month ban.

Toney scored twice during a 2-1 win at the Etihad Stadium in 2022, meanwhile Manchester City also suffered a 1-0 loss away to Brentford in May.

Haaland failed to score against Brentford last season but could have the chance to net a first goal since November this weekend, after Guardiola revealed that the 23-year-old could start for City.

Erling Haaland is “ready” to start said the Manchester City boss, as the 53-year-old revealed no squad fitness concerns ahead of Monday’s clash.

As well as the recent return of Haaland and De Bruyne, defensive duo John Stones and Manuel Akanji have also returned from injury.