Sunday 19 November 2017

Man City's worst fears confirmed as new signing suffers ruptured cruciate ligament

Manchester City's Benjamin Mendy faces a lengthy lay-off with a knee injury
Manchester City's Benjamin Mendy faces a lengthy lay-off with a knee injury

Press Association

Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy faces a long spell out after tests confirmed he has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

A serious problem was suspected when the France left-back suffered the injury during the first half of last weekend's 5-0 victory over Crystal Palace.

After initial tests in Manchester, Mendy travelled to Barcelona to see a specialist, where the extent of the damage was confirmed.

City splashed out £52million to bring Mendy to Manchester from Monaco during the summer.

The 23-year-old missed the first two games of the season with a thigh problem before making his debut in the 2-1 win over Bournemouth on August 26.

Mendy then played in the games against Liverpool, Feyenoord, Watford and Palace, with City keeping clean sheets in each one.

A statement on City's website read: "Benjamin will undergo surgery tomorrow (Friday) in Barcelona, and everyone at the club wishes him a speedy recovery."

Mendy appeared to take the injury setback in good spirits, tweeting: "Bad news guys ð ll be joining Injury FC on loan for a couple monthes with ruptured ACL... but will be back soon & stronger hopefully."

Also, when asked on his social media account about his 'FIFA18 One to Watch Card', the Frenchman responded: "Sell it asap ð"

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