Ederson out of Premier League decider and FA Cup final with fractured eye socket

Cristian Romero of Tottenham Hotspur collides with Ederson of Manchester City

Ederson will miss Manchester City’s Premier League title decider against West Ham and the FA Cup final with a fracture to his right eye socket.

The City goalkeeper was substituted in the second half of his side’s 2-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday after being caught full in the face in an accidental collision with Spurs defender Cristian Romero.

Ederson initially tried to play on but was withdrawn soon after on the recommendation of City’s medical staff with his eye starting to swell.

Subsequent tests have confirmed the Brazil international has suffered a small fracture to his eye socket and will have to miss the home match with West Ham on Sunday and the Cup final against Manchester United at Wembley on Saturday week.

Ederson’s understudy Stefan Ortega, who impressed after replacing him against Spurs, would have started in goal against United anyway. He has started all the games in the competition this season and Pep Guardiola was committed to picking him at Wembley regardless of Ederson’s availability.

Questions were initially asked over whether City had followed the correct concussion protocols but Ederson passed all the necessary tests, was fully conscious and confirmed to the club’s medics that he never blacked out at any point.

Nonetheless, it was noticed that Ederson’s eye injury was showing a propensity to swell and Guardiola was told the goalkeeper would need substituting.

Ederson cut an angry, frustrated figure after coming off but understood the reasons for his withdrawal.

Ortega produced three fine saves in the final 20 minutes to frustrate Spurs, including a vital stop to deny Son Heung-min.

City will become the first club in English football history to win four consecutive league titles if they beat West Ham at the Etihad. A draw coupled with an Arsenal win over Everton would see City lose the title on goal difference.

In a statement, City said they could confirm Ederson “will miss the final two games of the season due to a small fracture of his eye socket” and wished him a “speedy recovery”.

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