Mendy faces seven months out - Guardiola

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Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy has confirmed that he will be out for months with a serious knee injury. The club, itself, has not given downtime.

The French defender picked up the injury during the first half of City's Saturday's 5-0 Premier League victory at home to Crystal Palace.

The France global defender ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament during the first-half of Saturday's 5-0 Premier League victory at home to Crystal Palace.

Having joined the Citizens from Ligue 1 champions Monaco in the summer, Mendy has made a huge impression in England both on and off the pitch.

He joked on his Twitter feed that he would be joining "Injury FC" on loan for a couple of months but hoped to return stronger.

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Mendy will undergo surgery on Friday in Barcelona, where he travelled to see a specialist doctor this week, City said on Thursday.

Manager Pep Guardiola was pessimistic about Mendy's situation in the aftermath of the weekend's victory, suggesting the France global could be unavailable for so long that City would have to pursue a replacement in the January transfer window.

Meanwhile, City boss Pep Guardiola has revealed he will not be rushed into the transfer market, despite losing his only out-and-out left-back.

"We thought next summer about looking for another left-back, another replacement, but we will see what we do".

"We wish him a speedy recovery and we support him in every way". City didn't give a likely timeframe for Mendy's absence.


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