Manchester City's Benjamin Mendy faces seven months out - Guardiola

Manchester City's Benjamin Mendy faces seven months out - Guardiola

Manchester City's Benjamin Mendy faces seven months out - Guardiola

And the £52m summer signing may not feature again this term leaving Pep Guardiola without a recognised right back.

"Benjamin traveled to Barcelona to see a specialist and tests today [Thursday] confirmed the extent of the injury".

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.

The France worldwide, who suffered the setback in the 5-0 win over Crystal Palace last Saturday, flew to Barcelona earlier this week for expert assessment, which revealed significant damage to his ACL. "We wish him a very speedy recovery and we support him every way".

And watching on from his room on the ward was the recovering Mendy, who went quite wild after seeing his new teammate score.

Philadelphia Eagles: Keys to a victory over the Chargers
He played a sizeable role in helping Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers earn the Comeback Player of the Year award back in 2013. This would seemingly be favorable for the Eagles, a top-10 rushing team which last week ran for 193 yards against the Giants.

City hoped the problem would not be serious, and there was even talk of a fitness test prior to Tuesday's Champions League clash with Shakhtar Donetsk, but it is worse than initially thought.

"I know how hard these situations are".

City released left back Gael Clichy in the summer while Aleksandar Kolarov asked to leave to join Roma. "We are going to see finally what he has".

Sergio Aguero also misses the game at Stamford Bridge after he was hurt in a vehicle crash on Thursday night. The 29-year-old is said to have fractured his ribs and is looking at a one-month spell on the sidelines.

"No way", Guardiola said about his chances of playing against Chelsea.

Related news