It was a long road back from injury for Benjamin Mendy, who missed seven months of last season following a rupture to his anterior cruciate ligament sustained against Crystal Palace in September.
Months of rehab and hard work paid off, as not only was the lovable 23-year-old able to return before the end of the season, making three appearances in the run-in, but he was also selected by Didier Deschamps in France’s World Cup squad.
Speaking to SFR Sport in his homeland, Mendy revealed how an experience in the hospital gave him some perspective and helped him through his recovery.
“When I was in Barcelona, the patient next to me, a Spaniard, was diagnosed with cancer,” the left-back said.
“We found out two days later. He was dying.
“I told myself: ‘What’s up with my knee, it’s nothing’. I think that helped with my recovery.
“When you’ve hurt your knee or your ligaments, it’s nothing at all compared to folk who suffer things that are far more serious.”
Mendy has yet to complete 90 minutes for club or country since his return, but 63 minutes in France’s 2-0 win over Ireland and a further 28 minutes in the 3-1 success over Roberto Mancini’s Italy mean he can expect to play an active role for Les Bleus in Russia this summer.
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