Man City handed boost in Premier League title run-in with Arsenal as Pep Guardiola's fears eased

Pep Guardiola, manager of Manchester City looks on

Manchester City have been provided a positive update on Ederson's injury ahead of their Premier League title run-in with Arsenal.

The keeper might make a return before the end of the season, with his shoulder injury not as detrimental as initially thought. The Brazilian sustained a shoulder injury during a clash with Willy Boly in the first half of Man City's 2-0 victory over Nottingham Forest.

Ederson was taken off at half-time and was later seen exiting with his arm supported by a sling, leading Pep Guardiola to express initial concerns, stating the injury "doesn't look good".

However, further examination of Ederson's shoulder showed that the injury is not as severe as initially assumed, reports the Manchester Evening News. It is now hoped he will be back in contention before the season concludes, with City still set for four more Premier League outings and an FA Cup final.

There isn't any haste to get Ederson playing again, thanks to Stefan Ortega's commendable performance this season as his replacement. The German keeper is projected to remain in goal when City host Wolves this weekend.

This season, Ortega has also been City's go-to goalie during cup competitions and is expected to stay in the role for the Wembley face-off with Manchester United on May 25.

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Ederson is eyeing a return for Manchester City's upcoming Premier League clashes with Fulham, Tottenham, and West Ham after his substitution at the City Ground marked his third injury departure in league play this term, following incidents at Newcastle and Liverpool.

Stefan Ortega has stepped up in Ederson's absence, making 17 appearances across competitions and proving to be a steadfast backup. With his contract winding down, Ortega's next move is a key issue, as he contemplates a potential return to Germany after the arrival of his second child.

Ortega, reflecting on his future after City's 4-1 triumph over Aston Villa, said: "At the end it's not my single decision, my [wife] is there as well, we're expecting the second child.

"I'm not in the beginning of the 20s so I have to choose wisely now what I'm doing in summer. It's not that I have to push the club that they will sell me, it's just like see what happens. I'm relaxed because there are worse places than here.

"My family and me are really happy here. My wife struggled a bit in the beginning but I think it's normal to go in a different country. Now everyone is happy.

"I'm happy to be here because it's one of the biggest clubs in the world. The target is still the same, I'm ambitious from the beginning and this is what I try to do every day."