Manchester City have reportedly suffered a major setback in the form of their latest summer signing, Benjamin Mendy, getting ruled out for 9 months, after the Frenchman became a victim of a horrendous tackle from Andros Townsend in City’s Premier League match against Crystal Palace last weekend.
Mendy was taken off in the 29th minute of the game, and later, it was reported that the full-back had flown to Spain to see Dr. Ramon Cugat, a specialist in Orthopedic Surgery, to determine the extent of the injury. And now, as per reports, the 23-year-old has been diagnosed with a ruptured ACL, which is likely to keep him on the sidelines for at least 9 months.
Following City’s win against Shakhtar in the Champions League yesterday, Guardiola spoke about the injury, by stating: “Our first impression is that it will it be a little long, longer than we expected. It is very frustrating for him first as a person. Like with Gundogan last year, I feel sorry for him. We would miss him a lot, it would be a major setback.”
Manchester City splashed a gigantic £52 million to lure the France international to the Etihad this summer, and with the defender out for almost the entire season, manager Pep Guardiola could already be thinking of signing a replacement in the January transfer window.
When questioned about a possible addition to his squad in the January transfer window, the Spaniard added: “We will see. We thought about next summer about looking for another left-back. We have Danilo, Delph and Zinchenko who can play there so we will see as we go along.”
Guardiola was on a rampant spending spree this summer, as the former Barcelona boss shelled out a colossal £220 million to bring in stars from across Europe – an action which has put his club on UEFA’s financial watch list.
Meanwhile, Mendy himself, has denied the reports of him being ruled out for 9 months altogether, by blasting the journalist who broke this news on social networking website Twitter. Here’s what the Frenchman recently tweeted:
Your bio says journalist so why you speak like graduated doctor ? no one has test to see if ruptured ACL or not, even I dont know lol 🤷🏿♂️ https://t.co/6jMVtELpB6
— Benjamin Mendy (@benmendy23) September 27, 2017
Written by Sidharth Jindal
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