Dortmund's Haaland ruled out for weeks with muscle injury


FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Champions League - Group F - Borussia Dortmund v Club Brugge - Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany - November 24, 2020 Borussia Dortmund's Erling Braut Haaland reacts Pool via REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

DORTMUND, Germany (Reuters) - Borussia Dortmund top striker Erling Haaland will be sidelined with a muscle injury for the rest of the year, coach Lucien Favre said on Wednesday, after the 20-year-old Norwegian picked up an injury in training.

The player, who has scored 16 goals in his 12 Champions League appearances, was missing from the lineup for their Group F game against Lazio.

Favre said later Haaland had been injured in training on Tuesday and it turned out to be more serious than initially expected.

"Erling will not play until early January. Maybe he played too much," Favre told Sky. "He was injured in training. We initially thought it was not that bad. We cannot change it."

Haaland has also scored 10 goals in the Bundesliga this season.

(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann, editing by Ed Osmond)

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