Manchester City star Eric Garcia left the field on a stretcher after a sickening collision with a teammate in his side’s 3-0 win over Arsenal as the English Premier League restarted today (AEDT).
The Sky Blues didn’t show any rust as they played for the first time since the season shut down 100 days ago because of COVID-19, completely outclassing the Gunners to remain in second spot on the ladder behind title favourites Liverpool.
The only sour note from the clash was the injury to Garcia, who was flattened by goalkeeper Ederson when the shot-stopper rushed out of his box to head away a through-ball in the 80th minute.
The game was stopped for 11 minutes and the 19-year-old received medical attention before being taken off on a stretcher and then driven to hospital for further checks.
“We are concerned about Eric, of course,” City coach Pep Guardiola said.
“He is conscious, but he is going to be tested tonight because a hit in the head is always so dangerous.
“I am pretty sure we are going to do absolutely everything to be sure that Eric feels fine. I think after what happened, he may be in the hospital for one or two nights.
“We are going to make sure everything is fine for him.”
Before kick-off, players from both sides took a knee around the centre circle in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. The same act occurred in the day’s other game, a 0-0 draw between Sheffield United and Aston Villa.
Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden all found the back of the net for Manchester City in the drubbing while Arsenal defender David Luiz had a nightmare of a game.
The Brazilian defender’s mis-kick allowed Sterling to pounce for City’s opener then he conceded a penalty and was sent off shortly after halftime as the home side took a 2-0 lead before Foden iced the result in stoppage time.