While Norway delivered a big 3-0 victory over Gibraltar in their World Cup qualifier on Wednesday evening, it will likely be overshadowed by Martin Ødegaard going off at halftime due to an apparent ankle injury.
He played a bit through it until halftime, but appeared to limp off the pitch. There’s no update as of yet as to how serious it is. If serious enough, his loan with Arsenal would reportedly end short and he would return to Madrid for rehab.
The Norwegian captain had two shot attempts and three key passes in the first half. He was able to get a bit done before he succumbed to his injury with an 85% pass accuracy.
Norway scored two quick goals right before the halftime whistle. Leipzig’s Alexander Sorloth scored the opening goal in the 43rd minute while Genk’s Kristian Thorstvedt scored two minutes later. AZ defender Jonas Svensson scored the third and final goal for Norway in the 57th minute to put Gibraltar away.
Norway play another Group G qualifier against Turkey on Saturday. We’ll have to see the updates that come with Ødegaard’s injury and the seriousness of it to follow and whether he will be available for the remaining qualifiers.