Erling Haaland was ruled out until the new year with a muscle injury last month but the Norwegian forward has progressed well with his recovery and returned today for Borussia Dortmund against Wolfsburg, coming off the bench to score in a 3-1 that helped the club climb to the top of the table.
His injury has cost him on many fronts. In his absence Norway missed out on qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup which means Haaland will be a spectator from home and won't be in Qatar, also in his absence Borussia Dortmund were eliminated from the UEFA Champions League.
The elimination to the UEFA Europa League will cost the club about £30m in monetary terms while it is a status drop for Haaland who is a top player and should be competing in Europe's most prestigious competition.
The last time Haaland dropped to the UEFA Europa League with RB Salzburg, he didn't play the competition as he was signed by Borussia Dortmund in January and played in the UEFA Champions League knockout stages where he was eliminated by PSG.