Ederson ruled out of Manchester City’s title decider and FA Cup final with fractured eye socket

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Ederson has been ruled out of Manchester City’s final game of the Premier League season against West Ham United with a fractured eye socket, the club have confirmed.

The Brazilian suffered the injury in City’s 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday evening and will now miss Sunday’s game against West Ham United and the FA Cup final against Manchester United on May 25.

A City statement said: “We can confirm that Ederson will miss the final two games of the season due to a small fracture of his eye socket. Everyone at the club wishes Ederson a speedy recovery.”

Ederson received extensive on-field treatment following a heavy collision with Cristiano Romero and despite being assessed by City’s club doctors, he was allowed to remain on the field.

The Brazilian was then replaced by Stefan Ortega several minutes later and was visibly frustrated as he was brought off.

Guardiola said on Tuesday evening: “Ederson did not have a concussion; he had a problem with his eye. He could not see properly, so the doctor said I should change him.

“He had a kick in the eye, and it is swollen. The doctor told me he needed to be replaced. I didn’t have an alternative”.

Brain injury charity Headway said it was “hard to fathom” why the Brazil international was not taken off immediately.

Ortega will deputise in goal following an impressive cameo at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

City need a win to guarantee an unprecedented fourth successive title and a sixth under Guardiola’s tenure.

Ederson has won the Premier League five times as a City player in 250 appearances for the club since joining from Benfica in 2017.

He has won three Golden Glove awards and kept 119 clean sheets since then.

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