ERLING HAALAND was hooked at half-time in a miserable return to Borussia Dortmund due to a FEVER.
The 22-year-old, who left Dortmund in a £51million transfer, failed to make an impact against his old side.
Haaland had just 13 touches, registered NO shots on or off target and left with a cut elbow.
The two sides went in at half-time level, but Haaland emerged from the tunnel for the second half in a jacket and headed to the bench.
Neither side managed to find a breakthrough, despite Riyad Mahrez missing a spot-kick, and the game ended a draw, which was all but enough for both sides to reach the Champions League knockouts.
Haaland’s substitution raised questions, but boss Pep Guardiola confirmed the 22-goal striker was hooked as he had a FEVER.
The Spaniard said: “Erling had a little bit of a fever before the game, Joao too had a knock on his foot.
“I saw him tired, Joao as well, so that’s why we changed it. In that period we struggled a lot.”
It was only the third time this season Haaland has fired a blank in City colours.
The other games he didn’t manage to find the net in came against Bournemouth and Liverpool.
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One game hardly dents his impressive form though.
He has 22 strikes in just 15 games across all competitions as well as three assists.