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Ederson returns to Manchester City training wearing protective helmet

ROTTERDAM -- Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson Moraes is back in training after making a quick recovery from his kick to the face in Saturday's 5-0 win over Liverpool.

But captain Vincent Kompany missed training on Tuesday and is expected to miss the Champions League opener with Feyenoord with a calf strain that ruled him out of the game against Liverpool.

Ederson, 24, was given eight minutes of treatment and carried off on a stretcher after he was caught in the face by the studs of Saido Mane in an incident which saw the Liverpool striker sent off.

The Brazilian required eight stitches in a facial injury and was given oxygen on the pitch but did not break a bone or suffer concussion.

He returned to training, wearing a protective helmet similar to those used by Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech, and hopes to start their Group F opener against the Dutch champions in Rotterdam.

Ederson Moraes runs onto the Manchester City training pitch.
Ederson made a quick return to Manchester City training.

Ederson still has nasty cuts on his face and City's medical staff will assess how they are healing before making a final decision on whether to allow him to play or to go with Chilean international Claudio Bravo.

But Kompany is unlikely to travel to the Netherlands after suffering the injury to his calf on international duty with Belgium.

The 31-year-old has suffered from muscle injuries in recent seasons and City are unlikely to take any risks with his fitness.

Jonathan is ESPN FC's Manchester City correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @jonnysmiffy.


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