Manchester City confirm Benjamin Mendy has ruptured ACL in right knee

Mendy has already become a fans favourite on and off the pitch since joining Manchester City

"After initial tests in Manchester in the beginning of the week, Benjamin Mendy is gone to Barcelona or new examinations confirmed the injury", stated the Blues.

Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy could miss most of the rest of the season after City confirmed that he had ruptured knee ligaments.

Mendy suffered the injury during the first half of the Premier League leaders' 5-0 victory at home to bottom side Crystal Palace last Saturday. The £49million summer signing from Monaco 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 football.

The City boss said afterwards that Mendy was facing a much longer absence than originally thought.




"Benjamin will undergo surgery tomorrow (Friday) in Barcelona, and everyone at the Club wishes him a speedy recovery".

"Bad news guys, I will not join the team a few months ago after I was cut in the front cruciate ligament, but I will be back soon and hopefully stronger", the Frenchman said on his official Twitter site.

Guardiola spent big on bringing vibrant fullbacks to City in the summer, with right back Kyle Walker also joining from Tottenham Hotspur, and it has had the desired effect, adding a different dimension to the City attack. City's midweek match against Shakhtar Donetsk saw Fabian Delph fill in Mendy's position, and the only other suitable option ahead of the club's weekend encounter with Chelsea comes in the form of natural right back Danilo.

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