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Manchester City confirm Benjamin Mendy has torn cruciate ligament

02 October, 2017, 01:11 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
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The prolific 29-year-old has scored seven goals in eight appearances this season and is one goal away from equalling the club's all-time scoring record.

But Guardiola insisted yesterday that he is not concerned by his players' off-field activities.

Given City's trip to Chelsea, questions may be asked why Aguero was in the Netherlands 48 hours before such a serious match.

"It was his day off".

"I don't know right now [if City will sign someone]. So now I don't think it's time to think about that".

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

"It was an accident".

Benjamin Mendy's knee injury will keep him out of action until April, according to Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.

"He sent us a message before the game and we knew we had to do it for him".

Throwing the world's most expensive defender's 2017-18 season in doubt, Manchester City on Friday announced that Benjamin Mendy has suffered an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury.

The 23-year-old French worldwide, signed for £50 million ($67 million) from Monaco in the summer, will undergo surgery in Barcelona on Friday on the injury he suffered in last weekend's victory over Crystal Palace.

The prospect of losing Mendy for the rest of the season severely weakens Guardiola's strategy, as the France worldwide was a key part of his summer squad rebuilding.

Mendy, who has made a positive impression since his summer move from Monaco, attended the Shakhtar game on crutches and Guardiola admits he could seek a short-term replacement if fears of a lengthy absence are confirmed.

In the clip, Mendy - wearing a blue hospital gown and cap - films himself being wheeled towards surgery on his damaged ACL, which he injured against Crystal Palace last week.

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