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Manchester City confirm Benjamin Mendy has torn cruciate ligament

City confirm Mendy has torn cruciate ligament
By Reuters

28/09/2017 at 19:21Updated 28/09/2017 at 19:27

Manchester City full-back Benjamin Mendy is facing a lengthy absence out of action after the club confirmed he has torn his cruciate ligament.

The French defender picked up the injury during the first half of City's Saturday’s 5-0 Premier League victory at home to Crystal Palace.

And he will now undergo surgery in Barcelona on Friday.

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

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," Guardiola added, 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.