Derby County goalkeeper Scott Carson could be in line for a shock Champions League appearance following yesterday’s events during Manchester City’s draw in Atalanta.
Carson joined City on a season-long loan deal last summer.
The experienced shot-stopper moved to the Premier League champions as third choice behind Brazilian Ederson and former Barcelona man Claudio Bravo.
It’s not unusual for top clubs to have an ageing experienced third choice. Former Derby County man Lee Grant holds a similar position at city rivals Manchester United.
Ederson is first choice at the Etihad and will feature in the Premier League and Champions League. Bravo, meanwhile, is City’s domestic cup keeper.
But City experienced a bizarre situation at Atalanta last night. Ederson came off injured at half-time, and substitute Bravo later got sent off. Pep Guardiola’s side finished the game with right-back Kyle Walker acting as an emergency goalkeeper as the game finished 1-1.
It hasn’t been said how serious Ederson’s ‘muscle’ injury is. Bravo, however, is suspended for City’s home tie with Shakhtar Donetsk meaning Carson could be set to start.
At the very least, the Derby-owned goalkeeper will be on the bench.
It could be a surreal moment for the 34-year-old. This season is a rare opportunity for Carson to be part of a trophy-winning squad ahead of his retirement years.
Carson was replaced by Kelle Roos as Derby’s number one last season. His contract at Pride Park expires next summer, leaving his future in doubt beyond this season.