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No Ederson and no Zack Steffen for Man City this weekend, you know what that means...

It's Scott Carson time.


The international break, what a wonderful concept - said nobody who has any association with a club side who employs international players. Manchester City's second choice goalkeeper and US number one Zack Steffen tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday, but that's not a problem, the veteran third choice keeper Scott Carson will take his place on the bench for a brief period...

Well, on Wednesday, three days before City's return to Premier League action with a challenging away trip at Leicester City's King Power Stadium, the ever-so-petty Brazilian FA have decided to invoke a 'five day rule', ruling out Gabriel Jesus and City's first choice back-to-back Premier League Golden Glove winner Ederson from this weekend's game. This is in response to various Premier League clubs deciding against releasing Brazilian players, as they'd have to undergo a period of quarantine on return to the UK, ruling them out of a few domestic games anyway.

This of course means that the lovable squad member that is Scott Carson will surely make his return in between the sticks for the Premier League Champions this Saturday. The thirty six year-old Champions League winner was surprisingly, even to himself, selected to start in goal against Newcastle towards the end of last season's campaign. Despite conceding three times the veteran did save a penalty, and light-heartedly blamed his team for not helping him keep a clean sheet in the dressing room after the game, as revealed in Manchester City's latest documentary 'Together'.

Photo courtesy of Imago

This Saturday's trip to Leicester is of course much more significant than that 4-3 victory over Newcastle last season, with the Premier League title already wrapped up at that stage. City boss Pep Guardiola will be desperate for the three points, as this season's title race is set to heat up over the next few weeks and months. Scott Carson will have to unexpectedly step up for the blues and roll back the years (or decades) - the former England international will have the backing of his team-mates and the away support on Saturday - fingers crossed he is still a safe pair of hands and his team-mates actually help him out this time in getting City a third clean sheet in a row.


Written by: @coIgcra

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