What to do with Haaland in FPL?

The Scout is looking at what Erling Haland’s (£12.2m) injury might mean after he sustained a knock and was replaced at half-time in Manchester City’s goalless draw with Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.

Head coach Pep Guardiola is expected to issue more news in Friday’s pre-Gameweek 14 press conference, but he did give a few specifics after the encounter with the German outfit.

“Three things: I saw him so tired,” he said to the club’s website. “Second one, he had a little bit of influenza in his body.

“Then the third, he had a knock in his foot. That’s why he was not able to play the second half.”

Certainly, if Haaland remains a doubt for the champions’ visit to Leicester City on Saturday, his owners should reconsider handing him the captaincy in case he only features as a late substitute.

But Haaland’s form and fixtures are so good that managers should not contemplate selling him unless he is definitely sidelined.

favorite fixtures

Man City play at home to Fulham and Brentford before the season breaks for the FIFA World Cup after Gameweek 16.

If fit, Haaland would be the overwhelming captain favorite in Fantasy against each of those opponents.

He has produced hauls of 17 points (twice), 23 points and 13 points in his last five at the Etihad Stadium alone.

Player and captain replacements

Should Haaland be ruled out, players such as Harry Kane (£11.5m), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.9m), Ivan Toney (£7.4m) and Callum Wilson (£7.3m) are among the best replacements, while his team-mate Julian Alvarez (£6.0m) would be expected to profit from a role up front.

Given his massive 84 per cent ownership, not only will managers have to possibly consider replacing him, but also finding someone else to take over the armband.

Kane is of course a strong contender, especially as he has only blanked twice so far this season.

Other viable candidates may include Kevin DeBruyne (£12.3m), Alexander Mitrovic (£6.8m), Joao Cancelo (£7.4m) and Mohamed Salah (£12.8m), who is likely to face Leeds United this Saturday.

GW14 deadline: 11:00 BST, Sat 29 Oct

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