Claudio Bravo reportedly suffered a serious injury in training today, with multiple reports emerging that he could be out for a minimum of six months and potentially the entire season.
Although details are scarce, journalist Jose Alvarez says Bravo could have suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon and suggests it would be half a year out for the Chilean goalkeeper.
Claudio Bravo could have broken his achilles tendon during today's training. It will be more than 6 months out. Manchester City looking for alternatives. @elchiringuitotv
— Jose Alvarez Haya (@10JoseAlvarez) August 20, 2018
Manchester-based Spanish journalist Pol Ballús said the injury ‘looks bad’ and could be out for the entire season.
Claudio Bravo picked up an injury in training. Looks bad – he could miss the whole season. Man City now without back-up keeper.
— Pol Ballús (@polballus) August 20, 2018
Bravo himself posted a message on his social media channels, saying: “No matter what happens, or how bad it looks today, life will go on, and tomorrow will certainly be better.”
No importa lo que pase, o lo malo que parezca el día de hoy, la vida continúa, y mañana sin duda será mejor 💪🏻👍🏻😉 pic.twitter.com/Qra1cmjePZ
— Claudio Bravo Muñoz (@C1audioBravo) August 20, 2018
It would leave City without an established back-up goalkeeper to Ederson, with Joe Hart having left the club for Burnley and England under-21 stopped Angus Gunn moving to Southampton. Youngster Aro Muric was sent to NAC Breda on loan, leaving 20-year-old local lad Daniel Grimshaw as the only goalkeeper in any position to step in for Ederson if needed.
Bravo’s injury – yet to be confirmed by the club – is the second serious one to occur on the training ground in the past week after Kevin De Bruyne was sidelined for at least three months after an accident in training.