After his knee injury in the 5-0 routing of Crystal Palace, Manchester City fans have waited with worry as a diagnosis comes through for the rampaging left-back. Having played a key role in their exit from Europe last season, Mendy was a player that Citizens were dying to see – and now it looks like he’ll be out long-term.
The left-back raised a laugh in midweek when he publically took down reporter Duncan Castles, who claimed he was set to be ruled out for 9 months. Sadly, for Mendy, it looks like Castles was correct.
Posting on the official Manchester City website, the club provided a forlorn message for fans who had hoped for better news.
“Manchester City FC can confirm that Benjamin Mendy has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee,” the statement read.
“The French defender sustained the injury during the first half of Saturday’s 5-0 Premier League victory at home to Crystal Palace.
“After initial tests in Manchester at the start of the week, Benjamin travelled to Barcelona to see a specialist doctor, where further examinations of the knee today confirmed the extent of the injury.
“Benjamin will undergo surgery tomorrow in Barcelona, and everyone at the club wishes him a speedy recovery.”
We wish Mendy a fast recovery from what can be one of the most painful and long-term injuries a player can receive. As one of the best full-backs in the league, we look forward to seeing him rampaging down the wings again soon.
He’s comfortably one of the best players in his position and when fit will be a massive asset to Guardiola. Having struggled with anaemic full-backs in his first season, Mendy looked to be the perfect answer to the performances he received last year.