Ederson returns to City's starting XI days after kick to face

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Manchester City will have its first-choice goalkeeper between the pipes against Feyenoord as Ederson returns to Pep Guardiola’s starting team just days after he was the victim of a violent kick to the face

His availability for the match was in doubt after colliding with Sadio Mane, with the Liverpool forward’s boot striking Ederson on the side of the face in the first half of Manchester City’s 5-0 win on Saturday.

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Mane was subsequently issued a three-match ban after picking up a straight red card for the violent challenge.

Ederson managed to escape the incident without serious injury, and only required stitches to the side of his face.

He wore a protective helmet, similar to Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech, during training and will now appear in his first Champions League match with City following his lucrative summer transfer from Benfica.

Meanwhile, Gabriel Jesus will appear in his first ever Champions League match after being included in the starting XI to form a partnership with Sergio Aguero.

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