Pep Guardiola Says Benjamin Mendy Out Until April with Knee Injury

Mendy made only four Premier League appearances following his £52m transfer from Monaco

"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" the statement added.

The Manchester City left-back underwent successful surgery in Barcelona on Thursday after sustaining anterior cruciate ligament damage last weekend against Crystal Palace - the same heartbreak which brought a cruel end to Gundogan's first season at the Etihad Stadium.

"Mendy will be out until the semifinals of the Champions League [played in late April and early May]", the City boss told a news conference ahead of Saturday's game against Chelsea.

Fabian Delph has revealed that a good-luck message from injured City full-back Benjamin Mendy inspired his team-mates to victory in their 1-0 win over Premier League champions Chelsea. City didn't give a likely timeframe for Mendy's absence.

Before the injury, Mendy's ability to attack at pace along the flank, coupled with a unsafe delivery, had made City a more potent proposition than last term.

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Usually, an ACL injury takes a minimum of nine months to heal which would mean Mendy will miss the entire 2017-18 season as his return to the pitch would realistically be around June 2018.

Sergio Aguero also misses the game at Stamford Bridge after he was hurt in a auto crash on Thursday night. "He didn't make one training session with us since a month ago".

No Mendy and now no Aguero?

Meanwhile, Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte said the hamstring injury sustained by striker Alvaro Morata in the first half was "not serious", although he is expected to miss worldwide duty with Spain.

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