France coach Didier Deschamps believes crocked Manchester City star Benjamin Mendy has a chance of making France’s 2018 World Cup squad.
The 23-year-old, City’s most expensive signing of a busy summer in 2017, made just five appearances before he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee.
And while fans have been entertained by his off-the-pitch and social media antics, everyone is keen to see the ‘Shark Team’ creator back on the pitch.
Speaking to SFR Sport in France, Deschamps said: “He’s making good progress, if not very good.
“Now he needs to rediscover his rhythm in training with the squad, then resume competitive football. But he’ll do everything he can, I know he has the desire.”
Is Mendy still in Deschamps’ thinking for this summer’s World Cup?
“Absolutely, yes,” said the 49-year-old, who won the World Cup with France in 1998. “Today, I don’t have a definite answer, but neither does he. He’s doing everything he can to regain his condition.
“There’s no point in taking shortcuts. He must recover his flexibility and his ability to stretch the joint so that he is no longer apprehensive about it.”