First major loss due to injury for Brazil ahead of the 2024 Copa América in the United States – La Opinion

First major loss due to injury for Brazil ahead of the 2024 Copa América in the United States – La Opinion

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The Brazilian national team has just suffered the loss of one of its greatest figures and vital pieces for what will be the next edition of the Copa América that will be held in the United States this year, and it is Ederson, a player for Manchester City, champion of the English Premier League.

What happened?

Last Tuesday in the middle of the city club’s victory against Tottenham, the goalkeeper Brazilian had a pretty strong crash against former Belgrano player, ‘Cuti’ Romero, and suffered a fracture in one of his eye sockets.

The same Brazilian Football Confederation was responsible for confirming the injury and therefore the withdrawal for the Copa América, through his official profile on X (formerly Twitter), in a post that was accompanied by a video that explained the situation by coach Dorival Junior, who closed the list of 26 players for said competition which will begin in a few weeks.

“This Sunday, the national team coach completed the list of those called up for the Copa América. He summoned Bremer, from Juventus, Éderson, from Atalanta, and Pepé, from Porto, to compete in the continental tournament that starts in June in the United States,” the statement begins.

“On Thursday, Conmebol allowed the registration of three more athletes per team. In total, Dorival Junior will have 26 athletes in the competition,” the writing continued. “The coach also called up goalkeeper Rafael, from San Pablo. “He will replace Manchester City’s Ederson, who suffered a facial fracture on Tuesday in a Premier League match,” he concludes.

The experienced goalkeeper, 30, was part of the title celebrations with the Sky Blue, but he will not be able to participate in the remainder of the season for the city club (on Saturday the 25th he will also not be in the FA Cup final against Mancuester United and his place will be occupied again by Stefan Ortega). Unfortunately, the recovery time is no less than what is left for the opening match of the Copa América 2024, so it is a fact that Ederson will not be able to play in it.

The play where the Brazilian was injured took place in the 70th minute of the game, when the goalkeeper had an action to try to cut off a cross and it was at that moment that he involuntarily collided with the Argentine center back and member of the Albiceleste national team, Cristian Romero. The Argentine’s leg hit the Brazilian’s face squarely, and he was left completely lying on the grass of the playing field until the medical staff entered the field.

Guardiola spoke about his player’s injury

“I couldn’t see well (in one eye), so the doctor said I had to change,” Pep Guardiola justified.. “The consequences of the coup only support his determination. And the fortuitous event left Scratch without one of its stars.”

In addition to the aforementioned Rafael, Alisson (Liverpool) and Bento (Athletico-PR) are the other goalkeepers available on the Dorival Júnior list to face the next edition of the contest that Argentina will try to revalidate, after having won it in 2021 in Brazil. The yellow-green team will have to face a couple of tests before its debut in the Copa América: it will face Mexico (8-6 in Texas) and the United States (12-6 in Florida).

Then they will debut in the competition on Friday, June 24 in Houston against Costa Rica in Group D. Their path will later continue against Paraguay (June 28 in Nevada) and Colombia (July 2 in California).

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