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Ederson's relief after Garcia scare

Ederson's relief after Garcia scare
Ederson has expressed his relief that the injury suffered by Eric Garcia during City’s return to Premier League action against Arsenal was not as serious as first feared.

Garcia was stretchered off after a 10-minute delay for treatment following a worrying accidental collision with the City goalkeeper.

There were initial fears that the 19-year-old could have suffered a serious injury but, fortunately, the Spaniard was quickly released from hospital after precautionary tests.

Garcia will continue to be monitored in the coming days ahead of a return to training and competitive action.

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Reflecting on the incident, Ederson revealed that he had immediately apologised to Garcia and added he was relieved that there were no serious consequences from what happened.

“I spoke to him and apologised to him for the moment. It didn't go the way I wanted, obviously,” Ederson reflected.

“I didn't want to clash with him. Unfortunately, it happened.

“Thank God, it was only a shock, nothing serious.

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“He was here (at the CFA) the day after, he was fine. He didn't have trauma, only a cut.”

Aside from the scare over the injury to Garcia, the Brazilian keeper said our long-awaited return to competitive action had gone as well as could be expected.

But after three months of inactivity, Ederson added that the behind-closed-doors return to action at the Etihad Stadium had taken some adjusting to.

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“It was a good feeling, but also strange,” Ederson admitted.

“Playing without the fans is completely different, it looks like we are playing a friendly.

“Unfortunately, it has to be this way because of the coronavirus pandemic the whole world is suffering.

“The Premier League and all the teams are taking all the precautions to protect us and to keep the game safe.

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“It went the way we wanted. It was a good win, playing good football after three long months out and I hope we can continue like that.”

With games now coming thick and fast, the next challenge for City is Monday night’s Etihad assignment against Burnley.

City recorded an impressive 3-0 win away to the Clarets in early December but Ederson believes Sean Dyche’s side will prove tough opponents when they step out for what will be Burnley’s first match back since the resumption of Premier League action.

“I think we are going to face many difficulties because Burnley is a team that defends very well, we need to be ready for all circumstances,” Ederson cautioned.

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“I think it's going to be a completely different game (compared to the one at Burnley). When we played there (Turf Moor), we got a good win, in a very difficult ground to play in, against a very tough team.

“I hope we can get a good result by playing a good game.”

One other notable moment from the Premier League’s return has been the unified reaction of players and officials in expressing support for the Black Lives Matter movement and campaign to help banish the scourge of racism from the game and society.

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Both City and Arsenal’s players took the knee prior to kick-off last week and Ederson says it is an issue that resonates hugely with him personally.

“It's very important. My father is black, I have black relatives, and you can't discriminate against anyone because of the colour of their skin, their race or their religion,” the keeper reiterated.

“We need to treat everybody the same way. It doesn't matter what the colour of your skin is.

“We need to treat everybody equally. I hope with those gestures (taking the knee) we can help to reduce the number of cases.”

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