New Manchester City left-back Benjamin Mendy faces up to nine months out of the game due to a suspected anterior cruciate ligament injury. Mendy, who joined City from Monaco for £52 million in the summer, has played in five games for the Manchester club this season, and had already begun to establish a reputation as a fan favourite.
However, the knock he picked up in last Saturday’s game with Crystal Palace has proved to be much more serious than was first thought, and he can expect a prolonged period on the sidelines whilst he recovers.
Whilst City have alternatives in their squad to cover the position – Fabian Delph, Danilo, Fernandinho and Zinchenko – none of them are natural left-backs, which may force the club into the market in January to find a suitable replacement.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.