The Manchester City striker will be returning to England to receive treatment, meaning he will miss the upcoming clashes with Spain and Georgia.

Erling Haaland is one of many Manchester City stars that left the Etihad Stadium to join up with their national teams for the international break. However, Tuesday morning brought about a worrying update regarding the sensational striker.

The Norwegian FA announced that the 22-year-old goalscoring machine has suffered a groin injury and will be unable to feature in his nation's upcoming clashes with Spain and Georgia. As a result, the player has returned to his club and will receive treatment in Manchester.

Haaland did not pick up this issue while with Drillos Løvene, meaning this cannot be labeled as a casualty of the international break. Instead, it stems from his game against Burnley in the FA Cup quarterfinals which saw the Norwegian bag a hat-trick.

The player initially had a feeling in his groin and there was hope that he could recover in time for the upcoming Euro 2024 qualifiers. However, after undergoing tests, the decision to send him back was taken as it was deemed to be in the best interest of the former Dortmund ace.

Ståle Solbakken's side will now have to make do without their talisman. The Scandinavian nation kick off their qualifying campaign away to Spain on Saturday before hosting Georgia on Tuesday.

However, despite the confirmation from the Norwegian FA, some fans are hesitant to believe this update. Given that there are only 10 to 11 games left in the Premier League campaign, many suspect that this is a ploy to keep Haaland safe and rested for the final run-in.

The Cityzens currently trail league leaders Arsenal by eight points — but Pep's men have a game in hand — and will face Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League. Losing Erling to injury at this stage of the season could potentially derail things for the English giants.

The defending Premier League champions will not be in action until April 1 when they welcome bitter rivals Liverpool to the Etihad Stadium. If Manchester City drop points to Klopp's men, then the Gunners could secure a double-digit lead over their nearest rivals. 

As a result, it is imperative that Haaland recovers in time for that fixture. Little is known about the player's return date but the fact that he was called up to the national team suggests that it is nothing serious.