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Man City team news: Guardiola gives Ederson fitness update ahead of Chelsea clash

By Chris Smith

Published: 18:22, 22 November 2019

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has declared Ederson fit ahead of their clash with Chelsea at the weekend.

The 26-year-old Brazilian goalkeeper missed City’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool before the international break due to a hamstring injury, meaning veteran Claudio Bravo had to deputise.

Man City team news: Five things to now…

  • Bravo deputised for Ederson against Liverpool before the international break.
  • But after “training without pain” recently, Ederson should return against Chelsea.
  • Guardiola has confirmed Aymeric Laporte and Leroy Sane will remain sidelined for “two or three months”.
  • David Silva should be fit to start against Chelsea, but Bernardo Silva is serving a one-match ban.
  • City sit one point behind Saturday’s opponents and nine behind leaders Liverpool.

But while many of his City teammates were away on international duty, Ederson was working on his fitness and Guardiola has confirmed the goalkeeper returned to training during that period.

“He has been training the last two or three days without pain,” he told reporters during his Friday press conference.

Although the Citizens will welcome the return of Ederson as they seek to close a now nine-point gap on Premier League leaders Liverpool, they will have to continue without centre-back Aymeric Laporte and winger Leroy Sane, who remain sidelined with knee ligament injuries.

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“Injured two or three more months,” Guardiola replied when asked about the fitness of his two stars.

David Silva was only fit for a place on the substitute’s bench against Liverpool but should be good to start against Chelsea, although the reigning champions will be without Bernardo Silva who is serving a one-match ban.

 

 

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