Manchester City defender set to miss 12 weeks, confirms Guardiola

Date published: Friday 23rd November 2018 2:31 - Oli Fisher

Benjamin Mendy could be out of action for up to 12 weeks, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has revealed.

The City left-back underwent knee surgery last week. Playmaker Bernardo Silva has also been ruled out of Saturday’s trip to West Ham with a knock.

Mendy missed much of last season after suffering cruciate ligament damage in his right knee. This time the problem is with the meniscus in his left knee.

Asked if he had a timescale for the Frenchman’s expected recovery, Guardiola said at his pre-match press conference: “Ten to 12 weeks.”

Silva is out after picking up an injury while away on international duty with Portugal. He may also miss next week’s Champions League game at Lyon.

The former Bayern boss said: “He cannot play this weekend. It’s not too big but I don’t know if, next Tuesday, he’s ready.”

Guardiola will face his predecessor as City manager, Manuel Pellegrini, on Saturday.

The current West Ham boss guided City to the Premier League title in 2014 before making way for Guardiola two years later.

Guardiola said: “Here he won the league. He helped this club to be where we are right now, and he is going to do well at West Ham.”


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