Borussia Dortmund

Erling Haaland trains after being ruled out of Rangers clash through injury

Krishan Davis
Haaland had been expected to miss Thursday's clash
Haaland had been expected to miss Thursday's clash / Dean Mouhtaropoulos/GettyImages

Borussia Dortmund's talismanic striker Erling Haaland has trained ahead of the Europa League clash with Rangers on Thursday, despite being ruled out with a muscle injury.

Haaland has missed Dortmund's last two matches in the Bundesliga - the 3-0 win over high-flying Union Berlin and the costly home thrashing by Bayer Leverkusen. The coveted Norwegian had been pencilled in for a return against the Scottish champions, but has suffered a minor setback.

Rangers travel to face the German giants in the Europa League playoff round first leg on Thursday, but BVB boss Marco Rose ruled Haaland out of the encounter.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Rose said: "He [Haaland] is not an option. Not much has changed."

However, despite the words of his manager, Haaland was involved in Dortmund's final training session on Wednesday, raising hopes that he might be a surprise inclusion in the home lineup.

Sky Germany's Jesco von Eichmann tweeted a video of the squad - including the 21-year-old goalscoring sensation - being put through their paces at the club's training ground.

Eichmann wrote: "Surprise at the final training session: Haaland is on the pitch with his colleagues. We'll see how much he does then. Marco Rose had actually ruled out a bet against Rangers."

Haaland has already missed 12 matches already this season through niggling issues as he struggles to maintain his fitness. Arguably the most coveted striker on the planet at the moment with 80 goals in just 79 matches for Dortmund, the Norway international will hope injuries do not hamper his progress and scupper his next move.

Real Madrid, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Barcelona have all been touted as potential destinations in the summer.