“Maybe he can help us for 20, 25 minutes” Pep Guardiola discusses Benjamin Mendy’s return

Benjamin Mendy could soon be in line for his first minutes since rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in September.

The 23-year-old has been back in training, but the recovery from such a severe injury is slow and club doctors are being careful before allowing him back on the pitch.

Pep Guardiola has suggested though that Mendy could soon be given a run-out – but only a brief one, with the Manchester City manager not likely to take any major risks with his £49.4million signing.

“The most important thing after six months is to be careful,” Guardiola told the press.

“He believes, ‘I am strong, I will come back soon, I will play like I did before the injury.’ That is not happening.

“Even if he believes he is strong he is not strong enough. After six months, he has to be careful.

“But, of course, it’s so important he comes back. He trains in all the training sessions with us. The knee is going well because he was operated on by the best doctor in the world (Ramon Cugat) for doing that. It’s going really well.

“We are so happy because maybe he can help us for 20 minutes, 25 minutes.”

After tonight’s game against Stoke, City do not play again until 31 March, so it isn’t out of the question that the next game against Everton could see Mendy make his long awaited return to action.

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