Man City's Benjamin Mendy Ruled Out Until April

Jonathan Hernandez
October 2, 2017

The left-back - a £52m summer signing - is facing a long lay-off with a knee problem.

After tests in Manchester at the start of the week, the 23-year-old travelled to Spain to see a specialist doctor and further examinations of the knee on Thursday confirmed the extent of the injury.

Manchester City left-back Benjamin Mendy has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, likely keeping the France worldwide out for most of the season in his first year in English soccer.

Guardiola suggested on Monday that Mendy still had a chance of featuring in the midweek Champions League game against Shakhtar Donetsk, but the defender was actually pictured on crutches at the game.

Mendy, City's only recognised left-back, was injured in the first half of Saturday's Premier League home win over Crystal Palace.

"I know how hard these situations are".

And he will now undergo surgery in Barcelona on Friday.

"Of course the club is working in those terms, but we'll see".

The offseason arrival of Mendy and right-back Kyle Walker, two of the most attacking full-backs in Europe, has added a new dimension to City's play going forward.

Sergio Aguero also misses the game at Stamford Bridge after he was hurt in a vehicle crash on Thursday night.

Meanwhile, Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte said the hamstring injury sustained by striker Alvaro Morata in the first half was "not serious", although he is expected to miss worldwide duty with Spain.

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