Scott Carson looks likely to make only his second ever start for Manchester City away to Leicester this weekend.
After the Premier League ruled its club's were unable to release players travelling to red list countries due to the return quarantine period meaning they would miss fixtures, the Brazilian FA have asked Fifa to punish club's who play their selected players this weekend.
Manchester City are a number of club's who risk the wrath of Fifa with Brazil - who managed to win all three games - the main country effected by the ruling. Goalkeeper Ederson was unable to join the Selecao for World Cup qualifiers against Chile, Argentina and Peru. Only Richarlison is believed to be allowed to play as Everton hold a strong relationship with Brazil after letting the forward join the Olympic squad in Tokyo.
Understand Brazil have asked FIFA to invoke five-day rule, so eight PL players can't play this weekend - affects Liverpool, Man City, Leeds, Man Utd, Chelsea. Thiago Silva and Fred can't play on Tuesday either. Richarlison can play for Everton v Burnley on Monday.— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) September 8, 2021
That means that 36-year-old Carson who only has one Premier League appearance in the last decade, is set to play after second choice keeper Zack Steffen has tested positive for Covid-19 whilst away on Internatonal duty with the USMNT.
Signed originally on loan from Derby County in 2018, Carson joined Pep Guardiola's men permanently this summer. He featured in the club's feature film 'Together' , documenting City's journey on the way to the Premier League title last season, playing in the 4-3 victory over Newcastle at St. James Park.
Although not a household name, Carson was given his England debut by Steve McLaren in the unforgettable 3-2 defeat to Croatia at Wembley in 2008 which saw England not qualifying for Euro 2008.
The life of a third choice Goalkeeper must be up and down. You are working with the mindset that one day you may be called upon and that day looks to be arriving for Carson, who enjoyed his best spell in the Premier League with West Brom.
This time he returns to the Midlands to face a Leicester side who will be looking to capitalise on Ederson's absence in what promises to be a good early indicator for Brendan Rogers men in the title race.
Guardiola has previously spoken about the importance of the former Leeds and Liverpool man, saying: ""Maybe people don't know it but he's a real leader for us. He says straight away what he believes, he has a lot of experience, he has been in incredible locker rooms with big teams."
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