Taking the odd knock is part and parcel of being a top level goalkeeper, but Manchester City’s newly-appointed shot-stopper on Saturday took a bigger hit than average against Liverpool.
Advancing from his area to clear a long ball with his head, Ederson showed huge bravery as Sadio Mane came in with his boot raised in an attempt to also win the ball. The 24-year-old, however, got there first and felt the full brunt of Mane’s boot on the side of his face before falling to the ground.
The tackle, adjudged to have been a red card offence by referee Jon Moss, looked like it had caused a lot of damage on first viewing, with many suspecting the keeper to have at best been a little dazed and at worst suffered a concussion or broken bones.
Following the game, Pep Guardiola has allayed any fears over a fracture, however, as quoted on TalkSport:
“I spoke to the doctor and he said it’s not a broken bone, so that is of course so important.”
Teammate Benjamin Mendy also shared a positive update on the injury following the game.
Mio loco es aqui !!! Tudo bom ???? pic.twitter.com/r9AIRGJoaa
— Benjamin Mendy (@benmendy23) September 9, 2017
Guardiola opined (via FourFourTwo) after the final whistle that Mane only had eyes for the ball and was a little unlucky to see red.
“Mane didn’t see him, he was looking at the ball but the impact was huge. I don’t know if it was a red card.
“I was pretty sure the red card for Kyle Walker [against Everton] was not either, though.
“But I didn’t speak about the decision against Everton so I will not speak about the decision now.”
Thankfully for City fans, this likely means their £35 million summer signing is set to miss one or two games at most.
Next week’s opening Champions League group stage clash against Feyenoord may come too soon for the young goalkeeper but it’s likely this injury won’t cost him a sustained stay on the sidelines.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena