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Ederson confirms isolation of COVID-19 – doubtful for Chelsea and Man Utd clashes

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Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson has revealed he is currently in self-isolation following the club’s recent explosion of COVID-19 cases.

Pep Guaridola’s side saw their final game of 2020 against Everton postponed after it was revealed there had been a spike in cases at the club, including at least five players. It follows positive tests for first team stars Gabriel Jesus and Kyle Walker on Christmas Day.

City revealed that there were no further positive tests in the next round of testing and immediately resumed training.

But the Brazilian shooter, 27, revealed in a New Years Instagram post that he is currently isolating himself from his family, which calls into question his involvement in upcoming matches.

Ederson posted photos of himself and his family celebrating the end of 2020 with the caption: “Same house, more different environments. Far from my babies. Happy New Year. May God bless 2021 ”.

Man City are due to travel to Chelsea on Sunday January 3 in the Premier League, ahead of a Carabao Cup semi-final against local rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford the following Wednesday.

Assistant goalkeeper Zack Steffen has appeared in every Carabao Cup game this season, conceding twice, while keeping a clean sheet on his Champions League debut against Marseille. He is expected to step in again if Ederson misses those games.

Zack Steffen
Zack Steffen to replace Ederson if he misses next matches | Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images

It would be a blow to the defense of City, who have kept an impressive 11 clean sheets in their last 15 games in all competitions. Ederson has been a key figure in this race, with his excellent distribution and reflexes helping City go on to a ten-game unbeaten streak.

He will likely be available for the Cityzens’ FA Cup fixture against Birmingham, although a return to action is more likely in the Premier League against Brighton.