Ederson faces race against time to heal thigh strain

2019-11-07 19:32:33

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola admits it is the race against the clock for their first-choice goalkeeper Ederson to recover from injury ahead of Sunday’s key league clash at Liverpool.

Ederson faces a race against time to be fit for Manchester City’s crucial away Premier League match against league leaders Liverpool on Sunday after he suffered a thigh strain in their 1-1 away draw with Italian side Atalanta on Wednesday. 

The 26-year-old Brazilian goalkeeper was replaced by Claudio Bravo at half-time during their UEFA Champions League encounter at San Siro and showed discomfort when he limped to the team bus after the match. 

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola admitted Ederson’s injury has left him with a major selection dilemma between the posts in the must-win league match if the defending champions are to keep pace with their opponents.

“I don’t know,” was his reply when asked on the Brazil international’s availability for the next match. “It’s a muscular problem. It was not big but (I took him off) to avoid risk.

“He didn’t feel comfortable in the last minutes and that’s why we decided to make a substitution.”

Bravo endured a nervy evening against Gian Piero Gasperani’s side and was sent off with 10 minutes remaining for a sliding tackle on Josip Ilicic outside the box. Defender Kyle Walker became the third player to don the keeper’s jersey for the remainder of the game and saw out the stalemate.

Despite the 36-year-old Chilean’s jittery display, Guardiola is bullish on his ability to stand in for Ederson should the first-choice goalkeeper fail to recover from his thigh injury.

He added. “Ederson is ready to play on Sunday. It is what it is. If Ederson can play, he will. If not, it will be Claudio.

“I know him (Bravo) and why should I have doubts about him? We’ve had incredible situations to overcome and we will have to do it now.”

Ederson has established himself as the main goalkeeper at the Etihad Stadium since his €40 million transfer from Portuguese giants Benfica in July 2017.

He featured in every league game last season, claiming 20 clean sheets in 38 appearances as Manchester City successfully defended their Premier League title. 

This season, he has made 8 clean sheets as an ever-present in all 11 Premier League and 4 Champions League appearances.