Manchester City star escapes serious injury on international duty

Manchester City goalkeeper Zack Steffen has received the diagnosis of his injury sustained in the United States’ CONCACAF Nations League final against Mexico on Sunday night.

Zack Steffen, 26, was replaced in the 69th minute in his nation’s historic 3-2 victory over Mexico. Ethan Horvath of Club Brugge replaced Steffen and saved Andres Guardado’s penalty kick in the 124th minute as the United States won 3-2 in extra time.

Before the United States’ game with Costa Rica, head coach Gregg Berhalter had confirmed that Steffen will miss the game and will be out of action for about 10 days.

Providing injury updates on Steffen and defender Bryan Reynolds, Berhalter said: “They both have bone bruises on their knee, and it’s about a 10-day injury.

Source: Manchester Evening News

Steffen signed for Manchester City in the summer of 2019 from Columbus Crew SC. After arriving at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester City right away sent him on loan to German club Fortuna Düsseldorf.

While Steffen impressed on a season-long loan in the Bundesliga, he couldn’t avoid Fortuna Düsseldorf from getting relegated. After Claudio Bravo’s contract expired last summer, the USA international returned from his loan spell and was named in City’s first team for the 2020/21 campaign.

The 26-year-old challenged Ederson for the number one spot this past season, although he made just one Premier League appearance after City’s Brazilian goalkeeper was tested positive for COVID-19.

Steffen played the Sky Blues’ cup games, making 11 appearances in the process, including one in the Champions League. The 26-year-old started in goal in City’s Carabao Cup final win over won Tottenham Hotspur in April at the Wembley Stadium.

The latest injury update on Steffen is a positive one, with the shot-stopper apparently escaping a serious injury. Steffen has had injury problems in the past, so the USA medical team will have to manage him carefully.

Let’s hope the 26-year-old shot-stopper returns to Manchester fully fit and ready for the club’s pre-season tour next month.