Quick Bit: Manchester City fans have been eagerly awaiting the first appearance of new striker Erling Haaland, which is expected to happen against Bayern Munich in Wisconsin. He missed out on the opening preseason match against Club America due to an injury.

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Manchester City fans have been eagerly awaiting the first appearance of new striker Erling Haaland and it looks set to happen when the Citizens face Bayern Munich at legendary Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisc. as part of their USA tour.

The Norwegian international moved to Man City from Borussia Dortmund this summer in a blockbuster transfer that gives Pep Guardiola a new talisman up front.

However, his debut was delayed after Haaland failed to see the field in the club’s midweek friendly against Club America on Wednesday, leaving fans wondering when they will see their new star on the field.

Haaland, who struggled with injuries through his final season with Borussia Dortmund (2021/22), had picked up some slight knocks in training while in the United States, and the club did not wish to press the issue. Being cautious with important players is a common theme for clubs through the preseason tune-up matches, knowing the meaningless games are never worth the risk.

Man City fans will be happy to hear, however, that the knocks are not considered serious and Haaland should see the field for the first time in a City shirt very soon very soon.

Haaland set for Man City debut vs. Bayern Munich

According to Man City manager Pep Guardiola, Haaland will likely see the field against a familiar foe over the weekend.

“Next game, Erling will be ready,” Guardiola said on Wendesday, referring to Saturday’s friendly against Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich. “He had some niggles and a few problems.

“We’ll see – he’s trained just two sessions and didn’t want to take risks because the season is so long. He had injury problems last season and tried to handle it. We want to take care of him and want him fit.”

Haaland has seen plenty of Bayern Munich through his career while playing for Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund. His seven matches against Bayern are the most against any one club in his career so far, scoring five times but tasting defeat all seven games.

Man City have just the one friendly left before the season-opening match against Liverpool in the Community Shield on July 30.

Julian Alvarez stars against Club America in Haaland’s absence

One player who took advantage of Haaland’s day off was another new Man City striker, Julian Alvarez.

The 22-year-old Argentine moved to Man City in January and played out the rest of the season at his old club River Plate before making the move to his new English club this summer. While there have reportedly been offers from other Premier League clubs to take Alvarez on loan, knowing he could be stuck behind Haaland on the depth chart, Guardiola has been adamant that the youngster has an important place in his squad.

That was evident against Club America on Wednesday, as Alvarez played 71 minutes and was critical to the side’s winning performance on both ends.

“Julian [Alvarez] was incredible, defensively he is quite similar like Gabriel [Jesus],” Guardiola said after the match. “Gabriel is probably the best, but he [Alvarez] is close to him in aggression and how intuitive he is, he makes the runs and with the ball he’s absolutely brilliant. He can keep the ball and you can link with him without a problem.”

Kevin de Bruyne, who scored both of Man City’s goals in the 2-1 win over Club America, was also a fan of the Argentine’s work.

He looked great,” De Bruyne said after the match. “A lot of people were very impressed with him because they saw some clips on the internet, but it’s different when you play [with him on the field].”

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