Stage set for Ortega to show he is more than Ederson’s support act

Manchester City’s calm and respected No 2 goalkeeper has improved since arriving in England and now is his moment

When Ederson conceded a penalty and the equaliser in the draw against Liverpool last weekend, that was not the end of the damage for Manchester City because the goalkeeper will miss a crucial period after injuring a thigh when fouling Darwin Núñez. Conveniently, Stefan Ortega is more than good enough to fill in for the Brazilian.

At Anfield Ortega ensured matters were not exacerbated, coming off the bench at a moment’s notice and not conceding. The German will be in goal against Newcastle in the FA Cup on Saturday, and could be required in critical Premier League matches after the international break when Arsenal and Aston Villa visit the Etihad Stadium.

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