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One wish: Staying fit is the priority for Borussia Dortmund goal machine Erling Haaland. - © Lukas Schulze/Bundesliga/Bundesliga Collection via Getty Images
One wish: Staying fit is the priority for Borussia Dortmund goal machine Erling Haaland. - © Lukas Schulze/Bundesliga/Bundesliga Collection via Getty Images
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Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland: "My biggest wish is to stay injury free"

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Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland says staying in peak physical condition takes precedence over anything else in his career.

With 80 goals in 79 competitive appearances for Dortmund, Haaland could be accused of having a one-track mind, but that is far from the case.

"The worst thing is not being able to play," the 21-year-old told Norway's Viaplay Fotball.

"My biggest wish for the rest of my career is not to be injured. That's the most important thing. That being said, [injuries] only make me more hungry for success."

Haaland's feasted on all manner of best-marks in Dortmund colours, including reaching 50 goals quicker than any player in Bundesliga history.

This season alone, the Norway international has hit 16 goals in 14 appearances, giving him the best minutes-per-goal ratio in the division (72). And all despite missing six of 20 league matches through injury.

Watch: All Erling Haaland's Bundesliga goals so far this season

Haaland's most recent effort helped BVB beat top-four rivals Hoffenheim prior to the Bundesliga's mini break, though his performance was overshadowed by a muscular issue that forced him from the field of play in the second half.

The prolific forward, who was recently named alongside Robert Lewandowski in the FIFA FifPro World XI 2021, is nevertheless optimistic he'll be back to face Bayer Leverkusen on Bundesliga Matchday 21.

"I'm training well, and will be back soon," Haaland confirmed.

Bad news for Leverkusen, against whom Dortmund's No.9 struck a customary brace and produced an assist in a thrilling 4-3 win earlier in the campaign.

Haaland's goals are helping Dortmund keep the pressure on Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich. - imago

All told, the Haalandator has registered 56 goals and 17 assists in 57 Bundesliga appearances, having moved to the Signal Iduna Park from Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020.

He is under contract with Die Schwarzgelben until 30 June 2024.