October 5, 2019 / 2:58 PM / 12 days ago

Soccer-Norway striker Haaland out of Euro qualifiers with hip injury

Oct 5 (Reuters) - Norway’s Erling Braut Haaland has pulled out of the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Spain and Romania after injuring a hip, the Norwegian Football Federation (NFF) said on Saturday.

Haaland, Austrian side Salzburg’s 19-year-old striker, became the third-youngest player to net a Champions League hat-trick in their 6-2 win over Genk last month and also scored at Liverpool in a 4-3 defeat earlier this week.

"Erling Braut Haaland has said that he will not be able to join the squad for the Euro qualifiers against Spain and Romania due to a hip injury," the NFF said in a statement here "Mohamed Elyounoussi of Celtic is the new player in the squad."

Norway, who take on Spain on Oct. 12 and Romania on Oct. 15, are fourth in Group F with nine points from six games — behind leaders Spain (18 points), Sweden (11) and Romania (10). (Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; editing by Tony Lawrence)

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