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Manchester City's Benjamin Mendy denies ACL report, but fears of serious injury remain

Mendy rubbishes ACL report, but long absence feared
By Reuters

27/09/2017 at 11:42Updated 27/09/2017 at 12:48

Manchester City full-back Benjamin Mendy is facing a lengthy absence out of action with the club suspecting his knee injury is worse than at first believed - although he has denied suggestions that the problem has been diagnosed.

It was suggested by a journalist on Twitter that Mendy could be facing up to nine months out with a serious ACL injury.

But that was rejected by the France international, who said the relevant tests had not yet taken place.

City boss Pep Guardiola simply said on Tuesday night: "I think it is going to be a major setback. We are going to see finally what he has."

Premier League leaders City have used Spanish doctor Ramon Cugat to help with some injured players since Guardiola, the former Barcelona manager, joined the club last season.

Mendy, who has made an impressive start to his career at City following his move from Monaco, for a reported £52 million, missed Tuesday's 2-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.

"It is very frustrating for him first as a person, I feel sad for him, like I felt for Ilkay Gundogan," said Guardiola, referring to the German midfielder who missed most of last season with injury.

"For the way we want to play we will lose a lot, he is a unique player.

"We have alternatives in our squad, Danilo, Fabian Delph, Fernandinho, even (Ukrainian midfielder Oleksandr) Zinchenko," added the Spaniard.