Monday 23 September 2019

Benjamin Mendy ruled out for up to three months with knee injury

The Manchester City left-back underwent surgery to repair a meniscus problem in his left knee last week.

Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy could be out of action for three months (Nick Potts/PA)
Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy could be out of action for three months (Nick Potts/PA)

By Andy Hampson, Press Association Sport

Benjamin Mendy could be out for up to three months with his latest knee injury, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has revealed.

The France left-back underwent surgery to repair a meniscus problem in his left knee last week.

It is a second major injury setback for the 24-year-old since he joined City in 2017 after missing the majority of last season with cruciate ligament damage in his right knee.

Asked if there was yet a timescale for Mendy’s recovery, Guardiola said on Friday: “Ten to 12 weeks.”

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Pep Guardiola will be without Benjamin Mendy until 2019 (Martin Rickett/PA)

Mendy joins team-mates Kevin De Bruyne and Claudio Bravo on the long-term injury list while Bernardo Silva has been ruled out of the Premier League champions’ trip to West Ham on Saturday with a knock.

There is also doubt over whether the Portugal international will be available for Tuesday’s Champions League clash at Lyon.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Guardiola said of Silva: “He cannot play this weekend. The injury is not too big but I don’t know if next Tuesday he will be available.”

Guardiola this week reiterated his desire to manage in international football one day while speaking at an academic conference in Liverpool.

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Kevin De Bruyne, right, is also out through injury (Martin Rickett/PA)

But the 47-year-old, who took charge at the Etihad Stadium in 2016, recently committed to City until 2021 and says he could yet extend his stay further before pursuing other ambitions.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss said: “I said many times that I extend the contract and I don’t deny too if it is going well to stay more years here.

“Everybody has dreams and when I was a little boy I had dreams. Sometimes they are accomplished and sometimes not. I said maybe in the future I would like (international management).

“Maybe I will change my mind later but I am fully convinced in my mind here.”

Guardiola faces his predecessor as City manager at the London Stadium this weekend in Manuel Pellegrini.

The current West Ham boss won the title with City in 2014 before making way for Guardiola two years later.

Guardiola says he is an admirer of the veteran Chilean coach.

He said: “His career speaks for itself in terms of quality. When you see the teams of Manuel Pellegrini, even if you are a blind guy, you recognise his style.

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Manuel Pellegrini guided Manchester City to the Premier League title in 2014 (Dave Howarth/PA)

“He started incredible in Villarreal and put this team at another level. It was a small, small city and the way they played and the way they created their own style was impressive.

“After that he went to (Real) Madrid and made a very good league (campaign) with 96 points, but at Barcelona we did 99.

“Here he won the league and helped this club be where we are right now. He did well at Malaga as well and he is going to do well at West Ham.”

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