Manchester City’s bid for domestic and European success has been dealt a major blow after the club confirmed that full-back Benjamin Mendy is set for a prolonged spell on the sidelines.
Tests in Barcelona have found that Mendy, who became the world’s most expensive defender in the summer after joining City from Monaco for £52m, has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
The nature of the injury – the same which team-mate Ilkay Gundogan sustained in December and ruled him out for nine months – has raised the prospect that Mendy could miss the remainder of the campaign.
A City statement read: “Manchester City FC can confirm that Benjamin Mendy has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
“After initial tests in Manchester at the start of the week, Benjamin travelled to Barcelona to see a specialist doctor, where further examinations of the knee today confirmed the extent of the injury.
“Benjamin will undergo surgery [on Friday] in Barcelona, and everyone at the club wishes him a speedy recovery.”
The loss of Mendy, who incurred the injury against Crystal Palace on Saturday, leaves City without a recognised left-back until at least January, when boss Pep Guardiola may opt to delve into the transfer market.
Midfielder Fabian Delph deputised at left-back during City’s Champions League victory over Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday.