Man City handed huge injury blow ahead of Premier League decider in title race vs Arsenal

Pep Guardiola, manager of Manchester City
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Manchester City's final day clash with West Ham will not feature Ederson, who fractured his eye socket in Tuesday's 2-0 win over Tottenham.

City know a win at home on Sunday will see them crowned Premier League champions for a record fourth straight year. Meanwhile, a draw or a loss for the Blues coupled with a win for Arsenal over Everton at the Emirates Stadium will swing the trophy into the hands of Mikel Arteta.

Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson was involved in a collision with Spurs defender Cristian Romero in the second half of City's win, prompting immediate calls for medical assistance from teammates. The club's medical staff swiftly attended to Ederson on the pitch.

Despite being able to continue playing for several minutes, Ederson was replaced by Stefan Ortega on the 69th minute, much to his visible frustration as he lashed out at a water cooler and appeared distraught when taking his seat. Pep Guardiola later confirmed that Ederson understood the decision and was substituted based on the club doctor's advice.

Following scans, it has been revealed that Ederson sustained a minor fracture to his eye socket, ruling him out against West Ham and also next week's FA Cup final against Manchester United.

City's decision to allow Ederson to continue playing for a brief period was met with criticism from a head injury charity. However, it is understood that he never lost consciousness and passed all on-pitch medical protocols at the time to rule out any concussion.

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The club doctor noticed a potential injury that could swell, so advised Guardiola to substitute him. By full time, Ederson had developed a significant black eye. A statement from City confirmed that Ederson will not participate further this season, with Ortega now expected to start the final two games.

Aside from doubts of whether Jurrien Timber - injured on the first day of the season - will return for Sunday, Arsenal have a clean bill of helath heading into the weekend.