Manchester City’s backup goalkeeper Claudio Bravo faces a lengthy period out of action after sustaining a serious injury in training today.
The Chilean ‘keeper moved to The Etihad from Barcelona in 2016 and has since made 46 first team appearances for Pep Guardiola’s men. He featured prominently during his first year at the club but fell down the pecking order after Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson arrived last summer.
At 35 years old Bravo is in the twilight of his career after years of success at the very highest level of the game at both club and international level. Manchester City only has one other shot-stopper currently available in the form of youth prospect Daniel Grimshaw, which means that Bravo remains a crucial part of Guardiola’s squad as number two behind Ederson.
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However, according to Goal, the former Barca keeper now looks set to miss several months of football and possibly even the remainder of the season after suffering a severe Achilles injury in training on Monday. The veteran goalkeeper took to Twitter this evening to post a sombre message in the wake of the bad news, stating that ‘life goes on’.
No importa lo que pase, o lo malo que parezca el día de hoy, la vida continúa, y mañana sin duda será mejor ????? pic.twitter.com/Qra1cmjePZ
— Claudio Bravo Muñoz (@C1audioBravo) August 20, 2018
Bravo’s injury marks the second major blow Guardiola has had to deal with in the space of 7 days after De Bruyne was ruled out of action for at least two months last week, as the Citizen’s continue the early stages of their Premier League title defence.