Following an eventful Champions League night for Manchester City, maybe for all some unexpected reasons, Pep Guardiola has given an update on the likelihood of Ederson being available for Anfield.
City were 1-0 up following Raheem Sterling’s opener after a sublime move presented the Englishman with a chance to open the scoring after just seven minutes.
At that moment, you’d be forgiven for thinking that three points and early last-16 qualification was imminent, but it only went downhill from there.
After Gabriel Jesus squandered a penalty following prolonged VAR drama, with Brazilian ‘keeper Ederson was then substituted at half time for what was described as a ‘precaution’.
Atalanta equalised before replacement keeper Bravo was sent off for fouling Josip Ilicic – prompting defender Kyle Walker to go between the sticks for the remainder of a memorable encounter.
City supporters will likely have been sweating over the fitness of Ederson ahead of a crucial clash at Anfield this weekend, and as usual, Guardiola is being cryptic – but also conceded that he could be a doubt for the Liverpool game.
Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, the Spaniard stated: “It’s a muscular [thigh] problem. It was not big but to avoid risk. He didn’t feel comfortable in the last minutes and that’s why we decided to make a substitution.
“He’s strong. We’re going to try with him but we are not going to take a risk. We will see tomorrow.”
Although he didn’t exactly say he is unavailable for the Merseyside trip, City fans will probably still read into this as bad news, with supporters having to wait until tomorrow for more news on his fitness ahead of Sunday’s clash.
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