Manchester City planning Benjamin Mendy replacement following ACL setback

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Manchester City have already begun preparations to accommodate for Benjamin Mendy’s suspected ACL injury.

The Frenchman picked up the injury in the early goings of Manchester City’s 5-0 mauling of Crystal Palace and subsequently flew to Barcelona to meet orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Ramon Cugat.

An anterior cruciate ligament injury usually keeps a player on the shelf between six to nine months, which is frustrating news for Benjamin Mendy after having only played five times for Manchester City since signing in July.

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Benjamin Mendy has played five games for Manchester City since a £52 million move from AS Monaco over the summer. City have won all five of those games, scoring 22 times and conceding just once.

Benjamin Mendy’s likely absence for the majority of the 2017/18 campaign leaves Manchester City without a recognised left-back after the departures of aging full-backs Aleksandar Kolarov and Gael Clichy.

Former Real Madrid man Danilo has already covered in the position this season, while Pep Guardiola has insisted that utility players Fabian Delph and Fernandinho will be deployed there when required.

“I think it’s going to be a major setback,” said Pep Guardiola after the 2-0 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Champions League.

“We will see in January (about signing another left-back). We thought next summer about looking for another left-back, another replacement, but we will see what we do.”

Manchester City put their undefeated Premier League record on the line against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

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