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Ederson allays injury fears after medical checks following reckless Sadio Mane challenge in victory over Liverpool

Manchester City keeper Ederson allayed fears of a serious injury after being on the receiving end of a reckless challenge from Sadio Mane .

The Liverpool forward was shown a straight red card as he attempted to latch on to a through ball.

After a lengthy stoppage for treatment, he was taken off on a stretcher and City were forced to bring on former Barcelona stopper Claudio Bravo with five minutes of the first half remaining.

The keeper was not taken to hospital, instead he was checked for fractures at City's medical institute but was not concussed.

He returned to the touchline for the closing stages and later took to social media to thank fans for their messages.

Mane makes contact with the Brazilian
Ederson receives treatment
City players call on help for the stricken keeper

"Hello everyone, I am fine, it was just a scare. Important victory, thanks for the messages," he tweeted.

Sergio Aguero had earlier fired the home side in front at the Etihad and Gabriel Jesus doubled their advantage shortly before the break.

And he made sure of victory when he added another in the second half.

Leroy Sane added two more late on to ensure a 5-0 demolition.

Ederson of Manchester City receives treatment
Ederson is taken off on a stretcher

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville was quick to criticise referee Jon Moss .

He said "It wasn't one of those where you thought the keeper would get there first. It was a genuine 50/50. The keeper did do well to get out.

"His (Mane's) eyes are on the ball but his foot is high; the ball is there and the keeper just gets his head there.

"The keeper isn't an outfield player. I don't think he (referee Jon Moss) needed to give a red card. He could have given a yellow. He's got it wrong.

Sadio Mane and Ederson react
Mane is shown the red card

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"The reason Ederson is injured is because his back three have ridiculously tried to play the offside."

But former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher disagreed with his colleague.

He said: "Yes, it's a red card. He had his eyes on the ball, but that doesn't mean he isn't endangering his opponnet. He hasn't tried to do him. If anything it's Ederson's quickness off the line thats got him sent off.

"I thought he was in (to score), but if you don't get there, with a boot that high, and clash with his head, it's a red card. It took a few angles, and I needed convincing because I didn't think it at first."

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