Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy is facing another spell on the sidelines after undergoing a knee operation on Wednesday. City have confirmed the defender had surgery on his left knee in Barcelona after pulling out of the France squad for the forthcoming internationals.
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The club have revealed it is a meniscus problem and not a repeat of the cruciate knee ligament injury which saw him miss the majority of last season. However, no time frame has been given for the full-back’s recovery.
“Surgery was conducted on Wednesday evening and everyone at Manchester City wishes Benjamin a speedy recovery,” a City statement added.
Mendy played 90 minutes in City’s 3-1 Manchester derby win on Sunday but withdrew from international duty afterwards. The 24-year-old was assessed by City’s surgeon Dr Ramon Cugat in Barcelona before having surgery.
Mendy, who has nine caps for France, suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury in September 2017 before returning in April.
He made seven appearances in City’s title winning season last term, enough to earn a winners’ medal having joined from Monaco for a reported £52million.
Fabian Delph, Danilo and Oleksandr Zinchenko are options to replace him at left-back for City boss Pep Guardiola.