Manchester City confirmed Claudio Bravo “sustained an achilles tendon injury in training” and will travel to Barcelona to undergo further tests.
Mundo Deportivo claims the ‘first diagnosis’ on the former Barcelona stopper’s injury shows that he could miss the season because the recovery period in such cases is anywhere between six to eight months.
Since the arrival of Ederson at the Etihad last summer, the 35-year-old has been the second choice goalkeeper under Pep Guardiola. Daniel Grimshaw, who is yet to make his first team debut, is the third choice stopper this season.
Bravo’s injury means the Manchester-born custodian is the only back up option available for the ex-Bayern Munich manager.
The Chilean international’s latest setback comes just days after Kevin De Bruyne suffered an injury in training last week, which will keep him out of action for three months.
The online edition of Mundo Deportivo claims Barcelona’s Jasper Cillessen has emerged as a target for City. If you’re wondering how can they sign a new player outside the transfer window, then the Catalan newspaper has an explanation.
They claim the ‘Premier League allows signing to replace a player’ outside the window, if a player has been on the sidelines for a long spell, like in the case of Bravo.
The Dutchman only wants to leave to play regular football and even if a move to City is possible, he is likely to be the second choice behind Ederson and face a similar situation to the one he is current experiencing at Camp Nou.