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Manchester City suffer another big injury blow with title on the line

Manchester City may have to play the remaining four matches in the Premier League without some of their star players due to injury

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Manchester City first-choice goalkeeper, Ederson, sustained an injury during their clash against Nottingham Forest, providing a glimmer of hope for Arsenal in the title race.

Ederson’s misfortune unfolded during Sunday’s encounter at the City Ground, where he was forced off at halftime during City’s 2-0 victory. Manager Pep Guardiola expressed concern over the goalkeeper’s condition, stating that the injury “doesn’t look good.” 

Ederson was observed leaving the stadium with his left arm in a sling, leaving City doctors to assess the extent of the injury on Monday, casting doubt on his availability for the remaining four games of the season.

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Currently trailing Arsenal by a single point with a game in hand, Manchester City face a crucial run-in, commencing with a fixture against Wolves at the Etihad Stadium next weekend. The subsequent matches against Fulham, Tottenham, and West Ham hold significant importance in their title aspirations.

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Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson is currently out injured (Image credit: Getty Images)

The absence of Ederson poses a considerable setback for City in their pursuit of silverware. However, Stefan Ortega has proven himself as a capable stand-in goalkeeper throughout the season, notably during Ederson’s previous absences due to injury.

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Ederson’s departure from the field was prompted by a challenge with Forest defender Willy Boly, during which he received on-pitch treatment. Despite soldiering through the first half, Ederson’s discomfort, particularly in his shoulder, became evident.

City’s injury concerns extended beyond Ederson, with Phil Foden and Ruben Dias sidelined due to illness for the Forest encounter. Guardiola disclosed, “Ruben had a fever and made the effort to go to Brighton, but since coming back from there, it has gotten worse. And Phil said today that he doesn’t feel good, so that is why he couldn’t be with us.”

While Ederson’s return remains uncertain for forthcoming fixtures, his withdrawal against Nottingham Forest marked the third occasion this season that he has departed due to injury in a Premier League match, following incidents against Newcastle and Liverpool.

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