Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson Moraes has been ruled out of the Premier League title decider and the FA Cup final after suffering a fractured eye socket. The injury, sustained during City's 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur, leaves the team without their first-choice goalkeeper for the crucial final games of the season.

The 30-year-old Brazilian international collided with Tottenham's Cristian Romero during the match on Tuesday, leading to his substitution in the 69th minute. Despite Ederson's apparent frustration at being replaced, scans later revealed the severity of his injury. As a result, City confirmed on Thursday that Ederson will miss the remaining fixtures of the 2023-24 season.

In a statement, Manchester City said, "The injury will prevent Ederson from playing any further part in the remaining games of the 2023-24 season." The team faces West Ham United at home on Sunday, where a win or a result matching Arsenal's against Everton will secure a record fourth consecutive Premier League title. Following that, City will meet Manchester United in the FA Cup final at Wembley on May 25.

Ederson's absence places additional pressure on City's backup goalkeeper, Stefan Ortega. The German shot-stopper, who has played in every round of the FA Cup and Carabao Cup over the past two seasons, is set to deputize in these crucial fixtures. Ortega's performance after replacing Ederson against Tottenham was commendable, making key saves from Dejan Kulusevski and Son Heung-min to secure the victory.

Ortega, who joined City in the summer of 2022, has proven to be a reliable understudy. His experience in domestic cup competitions will be vital as City aims to close out the season with silverware. "Stefan has been excellent whenever called upon," said Pep Guardiola, Manchester City's manager. "We have full confidence in him to step up in these important games."

The timing of Ederson's injury is particularly unfortunate, as he was recently selected for Brazil's squad for the Copa America, set to take place in the United States in June and July. The injury could jeopardize his participation in the tournament, depending on his recovery progress.

Manchester City's defensive solidity has been a cornerstone of their success this season, with Ederson playing a pivotal role. His absence will undoubtedly be felt, but City has the depth and quality to cope. The team's defensive record, coupled with Ortega's readiness, offers some reassurance to fans and teammates alike.